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THE ULTIMATE 

six exciting action sequences 
put you in control of Elliot Ness's 
elite squad of mafia -busters. 





THE BORDER RAID 

The Railway Station confrontation and 
Warehouse bust culminating in the thrilling 
denouement of a 

R00FT0P r DUEL 

as you re-live the knife edge existence of Ness 
in his struggle against thefetribution of Capone! 

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"a fine example of how to do the job ^ 
properly... a cracking conversion ... ^ 
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"an absolute corker of a game ... as 

smooth and polished as you can get 

animation is top notch ...a brilliant 
film conversion" 
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apparent in the game design, there 

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"the film was great,.. the game is 

even better. Great atmosphere ...the 

music is brilliant. -.a spectacular 

combat game, an unbelievable 

package ... and utterly superb game" 

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DIRTY TRICKS DEPT. 
14 

"I newer knew there was so much in IT. Thai's what you'll be 
saying about Dirty Tricks this month. Not only have v»e got a Bat- 
man map and a Spooked map, we've got tips lor Robocop and 
Ghouls and Ghosts and squidged in next to that lot is a pig lull of 
pokes - you lucky bleeders. 



SOFTWARE 




Ghostbusters II 10 
Toobin' * a 
Action Fighter 22 
Stunt Car 29 
Purple Saturn Day 33 
Power Drift 39 
Avon ** 
Ghouls & Ghosts 46 
Xenophobe *8 
Jet Ski Simulator 54 

Spitfire 70 
Soccer 7 72 




righting soccer or 
Snhprirat 97 






WIN WIN WIN! 

A CINEMA FULL OF 

TICKETS 50 

Here's your ctt*nce to go to the cinema lot* of times. We're 
giving away 20 cinema tickets to one lucky blighter ■ and 
that could be you. Go In for our Ghostbustcrs II compo now 
and get very square eyea indeed. 



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MEGATAPE 



A thoroughly beczer event this month. We've got you an en- 
tirely gobsmacking playable demo of the sequel to Oper- 
ation Wolf, Operation Thunderbolt. You can sample for your- 
self the delights of the game most people arc predicting will 
be this year's number OIIC game- There's also an entirely 
complete and fully lovevly adventure called The Lost City 
which will have you round the twist with frustration In a 
jiffy. 



EXCLUSIVE- 
PREVIEWS 1 

We've got (he holiest pooper scooper ol a lawdown on CRACK- 
DOWN tfom US GOLD! Not seen yel by anyone except our tame 
madman Garth, we blow the gaff! Plus, check out the PREviews 
ihat we have as REviews - STUNT CAR DRIVER, MYTH and OPER- 
ATION THUNDERBOLT- Actually tinisbed games - not screenshols! 




COVER GAME 1 

It's great, it's fun. It's spooky. It's skill, it's from Acttvl- 
aion. it 'a act ion -packed, it's on page 26... it's Ghost bust era 




II hurrah! ! 



Wooo 
oooo! 

Welcome to our 
special Spook v 
issue, fright fiends' 
This month we've 
gone overboard 
on the ghoulles 
{art) ond stocked 
up our pages with 



There are reviews 
of Ghojtbusfers II, 
Spooked ond 
Myth, and a 
wopper spooky 
Myth poster In the 
middle 



REGULARS 

Meg at ape 6 

Dirty Tricks 16 

SUNews 40 

Tell it to Wayne 36 

Write Stuff 10 

Charts 60 

Poster 62 

Compo Winners 70 

I've Got This Problem 81 

Blue Pf Inl 1 69 

Blue Print 2 74 

Supercoupons 76 

How the Hell? 82 

Coin-Ops 04 

Precinct 19 92 

Sorceress 94 

End of the Line 116 

Next Month 121 




Deck the halls with 
things and holly, etc. 
It's the season to thank 
your lucky stars that you re 
membered to pick up this 
month's issue. Not only 
have we got an entire level 
of the fantastic Operation 
Thunderbolt from Ocean 
£ but there's also a comple 
complete and original 
GRAPHIC adventure 

OPERATION 
THUNDERBOLT 

is time last 
year there was a 
game on the mar- 
ket which a few of you 
thought was awright 
and it made a few pen- 
nies for a minor soft- 
ware house. That game 
was Operation Wolf 
and it just about 
slipped into the SU 
charts because you all 
felt sorry for it. 
Oh alright then, you 
ruddy well loved it to 
bits and spent all of 
your pocket money on 
It, and your eyes went 
all square and I'm a 
complete liar. Now, 
just when you thought 
that maybe you'd tired 
of Op Wolf those 
naughty pups at Ocean 
go and bring out the se 
quel called Operation 
Thunderbolt, and you 
get all jittery and can't 
wait to pull on your 



Follow the on screen 
instructions to find 
out how to control 
everything. In case 
everything gets too 
much for you, remem- 
ber to look out for the 
little dot which Indi- 
cated where your sight 
is. There's no time to 
waste shooting the 
palm trees when 
there's enemy soldiers 
to ice. 



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gear and shoot everything in sight. 

We guess you'll all be 
pestering the or crumblics to get you Op 
Thunderbolt for chrimbo, so to give you a wee 
tastette we've nicked a level of it and stuffed it 
onto the A side (no less) of Megatapc 23 for 
your delectation. 

It kinda runs along the 
same lines as Op Wolf but plenty times better 
because this time it's a two player bonanza. On 
our tape you have to shoot all the araby chap- 
pies that are dim enough to get in your way. 
and there's also a chock load of helicopters for 
you to blast at too. 

Along the way, you 
have to pick up Pepsi 
bottles to give you 
more energy and there 
are extra ammunition 
clips to collect too. If 
you're in a bit a of a 
sticky situation you 
can always fling a 
bomb or two (not many 
of those, unfortunate- 
ly) In the nasties direc- 
tion to wipe the lot of 
'em out - all great stuff 
eh? We love It to 
death and we're sure 
you will too, load it up 
before it's too late. 




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THE LOST CITY 

Well this is a 
new one eh 
folks? The B 
side of this month's 
Megatape has an extra 
special game called 
The Lost City which is 
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together cxclus ively 
for SU and nobody 
else, so naaaar. 
Not only is it available 
Just to lovely SU 
readers it's has the fab 
addition of graphics 
too. Brilliant eh, words 
AND pictures, who 



could ask for anything 
more? 

In the Lost City you 
arc on a cruise liner en- 
joying your hols, and 
you have fallen asleep 
whilst sitting out In 
the tun. This is where 
all the action starts be- 
cause you waft off into 
a dream and find your- 
self in the underwater 
city of Atlantis (gasp - 
the whole SU team). 
The Idea of the game is 
for you to troll around 
the city answering vari- 
ous questions so that 
you can make your 
way back to dry land 
and happiness. 
The Lost City was put 
together by Martin 
Page, he being the 
laddo behind Portals of 
Pthaal, so It can be 
bad. It all looks like a 
Jolly old Jape to me, so 
why not try it out • 
mega fun If ever there 
was! 



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Take the wheel of your turbo- 
charged Porsche as you and your 
partner go in pursuit of dangerous 
criminals all driving an evil array of 
souped-up roadsters. 




Need to catch up in a hurry? Well, 
just one press of your Turbo __ 
Button will leave your ^ 
eyes in the back ^ 
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THE CITY STREETS, 

along the roughest of dirt tracks and 
through busy tunnels - if you can hold 
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They're coming to save 
the world - for a second 
time! After a number ol 
years scraping a living from 
appearing on TV re-living 
their spook-ridding esca- 
pades and unsuccessfully en- 
tertaining at children's par- 
lies. Ihe Ghostbuslers am 
about to don their Funny jum 
psuits and get slimey once 
again. 

Since the end of the last 
movie. Ihings have moved on 
quite a way Sigourney 
Weaver has dropped s auspi 
cioua sprog and the Ghost- 
buste'S have had their bust- 
ing licence revoked after vir 
tually trashing New York ihe 
last time Ihe spooks came 
around 

With Ih* film due lor release 
in the first week of December 
Activision have picked Ihe 
prime lime lo release: just in 
lime to catch the media whin 
surrounding the movie. 

The main three sections of 
Ihe game are. of course, trans- 
lations ol the memorable mo- 
ments In the movie. 





We join the action after Si- 
goumeys kid has been mys- 
teriously whooshed all over 
Ihe town and pursued by 
slime. The Busters have re- 
formed and trying to track 
down the scumbag spectors 

Their Investigations and 
S poo k-o- meter lead them into 
the middle of a busy road 
Below, they discover an 
ancient sewer network. Hav- 
ing dug a hole big enough to 
fit through, you must lower 
Peter down the hole In order 
to get proof of Ghostly goings 
on and therefore recover the 
licence to bust. 

On your way down, you've 
got to zap as many fiends as 
possible. You've got to en- 
sure that Peter doesn't come 
a cropper through any of Ihe 






storing a rather horrible paint* 
ing ol Mr Evil. 

First you have to slide dawn 
the poles Into the gallery. 
This Is a tricky event for a 
start, The G host busters seem 
to have got extremsly fragile 
all of a sudden, and can be 
killed stone or at the very 
least stunned If you don't put 
them on the ground in the 
most gentle manner possible 

The bad guys are draining the 
lifeblood from - yes It's that 
kid again - Once safely on the 
fioor, you musl grab Sigour- 
ney's sprog from the clutches 
of the evil forces. 

Once you've plucked him 
from the altar of doom, it's im- 
portant that he doesn't gel 
snatched back, You ve got to 
hill the baddie with your spe- 
cial b a am. (Fnar) After this, 
Mr Big himself will step out of 
Ihe painting and attack you in 
a frenzy. Oooer! 

Using the two characters car 
rying the beam lasers (quite a 
tricky maneouvre) you've gat 
to get him cornered and zao 
until he melts away. 



through it. There are horrible 
grabbing hands which cling 
onto you Bind drain your en- 
ergy. There are also all man- 
ner of horrors that you'll dis- 
cover for yourself. 

This stage completed, you 
find yourself and the rest of 
the guys running around the 
base of the walking Statue of 
Liberty shooting ghosts and 
collecting 5 time. 

Hare you have to guide a spin- 
ning fir* bait around the 
screen and shoot down an 
ever-increasing army of evil 
spooks- Once plugged, each 
spook drops ■ globule of 
slim*, 

{Important mo via info:- in the 
film the guys animate the 
Statue of Liberty with a load 
of dancing slime - honesl - 






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The final section of the game 
takes place in the art gallery 
where Sigourney has been re- 



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T fiCT ^/ ' W Tfre OUvtr Twins PriG# £8.95 

J OP |C;Q Memory; 4$K 128K . 

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say Came on boys' 
What the hell is IhaL sup- 
posed to mean? Firsl ever ver 
tic a! scroller on Ihe Spec 
trum' J I think not, First ever ar 
cade conversion' Ummmmm. 
nope. Ho* aboul, Firsl ever 
vertically scrolling arcade 



age to do il without touching 
either side of the gate and 
you get the full bananas, 
bump into them and the 
points awarded go down. 

What this amounts to, after 
a while, is a rather repetitive 
exercise in joystick waggling 
and or button pushing The 
coin-op relied an some fab 
graphics in the different sec- 
lions and hoopy sound ef- 
fects to keep Ihe interest of 
the punters up ■ but even 
then they didn't come back 
for very much more. 

When you put Toobm on the 
Speccy. the Haws in the orig- 
inal game are exposed ■ and 
even if the implementation 



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conversion cased on cool 
dudes in loud shirts paddling 
large inner lubes down rivers 
and having to avoid stuff and 
pick up cans and Ihen throw 
them at other things on the 
banks of different rivers 
which are shooting al you 
Given that definition. I can as 
Sure you that Toobin' cer- 

linly is a Galactic first 
rodBrrT was. of course, in 
the first instance a coin-op by 
those nice cuddly people al 

Vlari Games which, although 
"generally regarded as a good 
Iftff. did not have the punters 
queuing in the streets to have 
a go. So what's it like when 
transferred to glorious 48K? 



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Not s disaster by any means, 
| but you d certainly want to 
have been a fan of the orig- 
inal to make this an essential 
1 purchase. 

The coin-op was s typical 
Atari Games MOR job, which 
quirky graphics and an odd 
control system * like A.P.B. 
• for example. Its scenario is 
Califomort to (he extreme, 



which you {or you plus a 
mate), wearing mirror shades 
plus shirts loud enough to 
get you arrested after 10pm. 
putting your botty in an inner 
tube and paddling away like 
mad 

The game is simple enough, 
m that you avoid obstacles in 
the river (trees that fall from 
the bank end drift across, 
rocks, branches, etc), trying 
not to gel shot by assorted 
baddies on the banks, charac- 
teristic of the level you are 
currently playing. So during 
the first bit of the Colarado 
river you watch out for fisher- 
men lobbing floats at you, 
while later on trucking down 



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It hasn't been fed lateiy. 

To get extra points you can 
try and pick up treasure 
chests (extra points}, cola 
cans (your only weapon lo 
lob al obstacles and baddies) 
- with a six-pack giving you 
unlimited cans until you 
loose lhat particular life. Also, 
you can Iry to guide your 
toob between gates in the 
river (like in canoeing) to get 
big wobbly extra 
points - man- 



was perfect (it isn't) - Toobin' 
would still not be a great 
game, What we're left with >s 
an average conversion of a 
not so average coin-op. 
Which if you were pumped up 
about Toobin' in the first 
place is fine - but will seem a 
bit flat to the rest of us. other- 
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the Styx there are Red Devils 
that try to puncture your tube 
with flying forks. 

When your tube is punctured, 
you loose a life. You can also 
be molested by a big cro- 
codile that comes down from 
the top Of the screen when it 
decides you aren't going fast 
enough - although it seems a 
bit on the eager side. ..maybe 






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Wyoming and Montana 

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Do you ever find that on a casual inspection of your navel, which you'll 
probably agree has been around for a long time, that there's always a 
bit of fluff there and most annoying of all, it's never the same color as your 
Kegs or knickers? It remains one of life's great mysteries and you will go to 
your grave without ever having known the how or why of your navel 
conundrum. Treasure Island Dizzy, has aroused a simitar level of interest 
with readers who cannot work out the whys or wherefores of some of the 
puzzles so in this tips section - as promised last month, I'll be blowing the 
gaff on Dizzy. We're also got all the pokes on all the latest and greatest 
games, maps of Batman and keeping with the spookeyness of this issue - 
Cauldron II and Spooked maps! 



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PRICKLES 



mini triumphs like shoot- 
ing the spikey aliens and 
working out that the ba- 
loon comes in quite 
handy, you're totally 
stuck. Welt it s time to 
stop your blubbing and 
get your thumb out of 
your mouth and back on 
your joystick, because 
we've got the DEFINITIVE 




playguide, complete with 
a gorgeous map of the 
first four levels, 

LEVEL 1 

SHELLS 

These march len and right, turn ■ 
Ing when they reach the end of 
a platform, Not all or* deadly 
but jhapt them anyway Of 
avoid them 

CRABS 

These da everything In a similar 
manner to the shells except 
trial when they reach the end 
of a platform they drop oft It Tiki 

Is below 

BOOMERANG MEN 

These actually oiiow Tiki's 
movements and throw 
boomerangs not moving again 
until ihey have their weapon 
back In their hands, 

LEVEL 2 

Contains all the baddies from 
above plus.. 

LITTLE PIGS 

They try to get to same height 
at Tiki 10 that they can shoot 
him and If he moves too for 
away to be shot they w III follow. 



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PRICKLES 

Another bunch or platform wal- 
kers! They look to see if Tiki's 
above them jo they can lump 
iowardi film, If he's not (here, 
they }uit truck on by 

PENGUINS 

They will move towards Tiki until 
they are In range when they 
lob a brick at him, hang around 
for a while and then lob agolni 

SEA URCHINS 
These gel bigger and fatter as 
ihe v move from left fo right and 
are found only underwater. 
Shoot them from DRY land. 

LEVEL 4 

FANCY PIGS 

Home In on Ttki and then shoot 
at him, wait a while and them 
shoot again 

SPEAR GUYS 

j position below 
Tlk .row spears at him 

before repeating their action i. 

KITTY ROBOTS 
These cute n' deadly little pus- 
sies fry to get on the tame level 
as Tiki so they eon throw their 
a*m\ and stave his head In, 

SPARKLES 

These multiply and are deadly 
to the touch! 

BATS 

Always travel In pairs and first 
appear Hying In the same di- 
rection as Tiki. They will try lo 
drop stalactites onto hit head. 

SEA ANEMONES 

They will catch ana swallow 
(gulp!) Tl k i I r he s w im s too c lose 

Many thanks to our 
resident mapper Na- 
than for the first 4 levels 
of NZS, and here they are 
along with a few scrib- 
btings to help you. 

GENERAL 

Each time Klkl kills an enemy 
he can pick up a fruit Every 
eighth enemy he kills will leave 
behind not a fruit but an object. 
Mere Is the order In which the 
objects appear and what they 
do. 

BOMB 

Thrown tent or right they ex- 
plode on contact. 

JOYSTICK 

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enemy for a while. 

USER 

Shoots left and righ fa rid poises 
through obstacles and cart be 
used underwater 

BOW AND ARROW 
Standard weapon. Avoid II if 
you have something better 

DEATH BOOK 

The smart bomb of the literary 

world. Destroys everything on 

Screen 

MAGIC WAND 

Throws fireballs which bounce 
around until they hit something. 

POTION 

Makes our little hero invincible 

for a while. 

TREASURE 

ISLAND 

DIZZY 

Here s a couple of hint's far 
Tresure Isond Dizzy 

OLD TREASURE CHEST 

lit sole purpose Is as a step for 

Dizzy to climb the ciltt at the 

beginning of the game. 

TOOTHPASTE 

Ha! It's scarlet fish flavour so If 

must be a red herring! 

SNORK& 

This Is imperative to Dizzy when 




he goes underwater but be 
careful not to drop It whilst In 
the drink! 

BAG OF GOLD 

Used to trade with the store- 
keeper 

BIBLE 

Apart from being a good read, 
the plot Involving the destruc- 
tion of whole cities, prostitution, 
sodomy and begins with lots of 
begetting (fnarf), if will also 
protect Dizzy from lightening 
bolts when you carry the 
cursed treasure past the grave- 



stones. 

MICROWAVE 
Can be traded with the shop- 
keeper, 

CAN OF PETROL 
Is used to fuel the motor for the 
boat. 

VIDEO CAMERA 
It trader with the shopkeeper. 

GLASS SWORD 

Tap It an a gravestone to open 

up ahvhole new world! 

SINCLAIR ABUSER MAG 

A healthy bonus Is awarded 



when this Is dropped In a 
(unsuitable place. 

CURSED TREASURE 
Surprise! This can be herded 
with the shopkeeper. 

BOAT 

is for getting back to the Volk- 

fdlk. 

Fo r t h e boat of c o u rse! How ca n 
Dizzy row wearing a pair of 
boxing gloves? 

IGNITION KEY 

Used to start the boat once 
you've got a motor to ttari and 
filled If with petrol. 

OLD KEY 

!s used (or opening the door to 
the secret kitchen. 
INFRA-RED DETONATOR 
This. Michael Stretch, me aid 
mate, is used In the right place 
with the dynamite to detonate 
If and unblock the mine 

DYNAMITE 

This needs to be used with the 

Deto notor to u n bloc k th e m I ne. 

SPADE 

Andrew Prince, of Winchester 
Use the spade to dig up th 
moving roc k on the screen pre 
vious to the crab In the cave 
This will unleash an underwater 
geyser. Step info the bubbles 
and you will be transported to 
another level 

AXE 

Use this on the rickety bridge to 

reveal a really lough series of 

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past completely Ignoring the 
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ing the road of any enemy ve- 
hicles. This la a mobile mech- 
anic with a difference, Pull up 
to the back of It with the car or 
the bike and it will draw your 



objective as given at 
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while to include 3 sensible 
answering system, 

Despite these Irritating 
points, the bare bones of Ihe 
gams Is entirely sound. There 
are a great many challenging 
questions to be answered, and 
although a sports quiz is a 
sports, quiz is a sports quiz, 
there Is enough variety in the 
" rounds* to hold your interest 
for a while. 

The Hit for Six round pres- 
ents Seven multiple choice 
answers to a question. Each 
Ume you gel it wrong, the ma- 
chine will give you another 
clue and decrease the number 
of points available. 

The Jigsaw Picture round Is 
similar but instead of written 
clues, each Incorrect answer 
will yield a further section of a 
visual clue 

Sporting TrianglQs is a rea- 
sonable conversion of a pretty 
silly idea- Neither fab or poor, it 













press fire to throw the die 



Will Garth get a question right before he goes to sleep and Tim 
leaps into the lead.? Looks like they've already gone to bed! 



answer! The computer will 
TELL you the answer and all 
you have to do is announce 
whether you got the question 
right Or wrong. Mad, Mad mad 
mad mad mad. Mad. A<i the* 
answers are In the machine, so 
why rety in the questionable 
honesty of the players? More- 
over, why tell them what the 
answer is? You'll only ever be 
able to ask each question once 

Madness aside, the four 
stages play through in similar 
fashion to the TV version. The 
astonishingly lengthy disc ac- 
cess time was some way re- 
deemed by the fact thai the 
Code remained resident in our 
128K machine once loaded. 

Apparently the length of the 
load is caused by the random 
numbering of the questions, 
supposedly In order to produce 
a new game each time. Surely 
It would have been more worth- 



doesn't deserve to be 
gnored, but It hardly 
demands attention 
either. 



|Ua 1 ue 5 
ine 16 



Sporting Triangles continues 
this questionable tradition, and 
replicates - reasonably accur- 
ately - the Centraf TV quiz 
show. 

After setting up a team of 
three players (human or com- 
puter, as you wish) and defin- 
ing their preferred subject 
areas, you are launched into 
the game proper. 

The overall aim of the game 
is to progress around the Sport- 
ing Triangle, landing the Ques- 
tion Marker on squares indicat- 
ing subject areas, Oi lie rent 
points are awarded for answer* 
ing questions inside your sub- 
ject area, in no-mans' "general 
sport" land and there are big 



points to be had by answering 
a question in the oppositions 
chosen area. 

Now, before we go any fur- 
ther, I'm afraid I'll have to blow 
the whistle on the game's big- 
gest fault. Get this; the quiz is 
split up Into a number of 
rounds. Some are multiple 
choice, but the bulk of the 
questions simply sit there; 
"Which county did Fred Tru* 
man hriefly rejoin In ffl06?" 
asking for an answer. At this 
point, boxes with "Answer" 
and "pass" appear, tf you 
haven't the fairest Idea, go for 
"pass" Otherwise, hit the other 
box and type your answer. 

NO! No need to type in your 



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aving never actually 
played Plctlonary, the 
board game massif , I 
dldn t have a clue how to play 
this latesi offering from those 
chaps at Domark. Neverthe- 
less. I'd been Informed by 
those who had that it was a 
right laugh and provides 
hours of glgg'es. 

II you haven't played 
Pietionary either let me tell 
you how to play- You have a 
board with a track of coloured 
squares, each with a letter 
representing an subject - P 
for Person Place. Animal, O 
(or Object. A for Action. D for 
Difficult and AP for All Play 
{any kind O I word). 

Chuck the dice and move 
your counter to one of the col- 
oured squares, Pick a card 








lets you spend as much time 
as you like sharpening up 
your pencil skills, so I sug- 
gest you master this hrsl be- 
fore attempting the game 
proper. So, whal mare can I 
say? Piclionary. is good fun 
and costs a lol less that the 
actual board game Ihat 
weighs in at a hefty £20. but 
it's a lot flipping easier to 
sling the board on Ihe living 



PICTIONARY 



wlih a list of words on it and 
then draw your subject word 
within a time limit. If your 
team guesses the word cor- 
rectly you get another go- Get 
from the start of the board to 
the finish before the other 
team and you've won. 

Easy or wot? The computer 
version works in almost the 
same way. You can play it 
One player where the com- 
puter draws you piccies and 
you try to guess what they 
are by calling out your 
answer. 



answer, call me a moany old 
bag but it seems to make 
sense to me, 

So that's the one player 
stuff out of the way. When 
you play with two teams (or 
three or four, if you like) it's 
time to don your artists 
smock, stick a paintbrush in 
the comer of ya gob and draw 
the piccies yourself. This is 
where things get a little tricky. 

You see the game incorpor- 
ates a wee drawing package 
and you have to use the cur- 
sor keys along with a palette 





use the drawing bit and I'll 
see you in three weeks time* 
To be fair, Pietionary does 
have a practice mode, which 



room rug and crack out the 
pencils, me thinks. 



am a 



Once you've shouted the 
answer the computer then 
asks if you got it right or 
wrong and you have to enter 
Yes or No. So it Ifs just you 
and the computer and no one 
else to keep an eye on you, 
you can ruddy well cheat 
can't you - "oh yes I got that 
one completely right, another 
go for me, I think". Surely it 
would be a better idea if you 
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bit to create your master- 
piece. The problem Is you 
have to do all your creating 
within two minutes, which is 
pretty difficult as it takes at 
least a day to master the 
drawing program. Not much 
scope for spontaneous fun... 
Owayne: "Wanna play Piction- 
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Dwayne", Owaynei "Well bor- 
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and buying guns, shields etc 
from a shop is a great new 
idea. The graphics on a colour 
ore pretty cool f 01 the speccy 
and the two player mode 
mokes the game even better. 
But don'1 yo j think that the 
85% was a bit harsh? Dldn'1 
you think it deserved 90% or 
more os piayobilrty and lasta- 
pility must push the score up a 
bit Please, please, please 
print this letter or I win deform 
your pretty face. 
Ben Bartlpt, High Garret, 
Bra Intra*. 

• Well. Ben glad you liked 
the game ■ we're always 
very careful with marks 
that we give as the worst 
thing in the world fa to 
spend your cash on a 
game and then find that 
you don't like it I 
thought that 05% was 
about right for the game 
"cos anything in the PC's 
really means DO NOT 
MISS THIS GAME! 

LICENCE TO KILL 

Ol you! (Who me?) Yes 
youli The one with the lip- 
stick on his neck and a haircut 
straight out of on Elvis movie. 
What the heck ore you 
playing ol? New Zealand Story 
92%. 8oo Monkhouse can ten 
better |okes It'ssoooo 
they're right The lipstick smooth , The graphics are brlilo 
mark was left over from a and the sound - give it to 
snogging session and Stock. Aiken and Waterman 

.rTrliA » * rtrtJ L. j;t* a to release ond what did you 

give IP A mere 80%. There are 
loads of baddies to shoot In- 
cluding at end of levels like 
the big. fat. whale and the oc- 
topus. You can even pick up 
weapons as you go. Come on 
jimbo. Any more reviews like 
rhal and you should get back 
in touch with Tornara and we 
all know how crap she was. 
P.S, On your screen shots they 
were all based on levels l -1 
and 1 -2 You wlmpl Don't In- 
sult any more games or I may 
pe forced fo read ... Ooopsl 
There I go, I nearly Insulted 
your mag again. M least you 
gave N Z S. a classic 



NEWZEALAND 
STORY 

Yol Douglas, For once in 
your Hie you got some- 
thing right. I am talking about 
[New Zealand Story, tt has cool 
I weapons including bombs, 
lasar gun. fireballs and my fa- 
| vounte tne little spaceship on 
level 2-1 

There is a question that I'd like 
to ask you, you Fat punk Who 
left that lipstick on your neck? 
Tefl Ihpt Biddie Bashet Chris to 
hove o shave ' cos he looks 
like a goria! if you don't print 
t^is letter ni be reading a 
C*"h and a i "*' S******* next 
month. 
Paul Mai lam, Walsden, Lanes. 

• Well Paul, what uni~ 
formed abusiveness is 
this, t always get things 
right - or at least I think 



gorilla > he IS a gorilla 
but he's still much more 
intelligent than you! Es- 
pecially if you think you 
can get a better spec- 
trum read outside of 
these pages 

FORGOTTON 
WORLDS 

Dear Jim. Your review of For- 
gotten Worlds was marve- 
lous, i congratulate you. It was 
wet worth the money. The 

range ol controls Is superb 



L Hawson, Maw Ollerton, 
Newark, 

• Well, Mr Hawsort, it 
would seem you think 
that a classic is not a 
high enough accolade 
for Forgotten Worlds. 
There >sn 't a higher rec- 
ommendation for a 
game. The mark of 80 
shows its combination of 
Graphics, Sound, 
Ptayabiiity and Lasta- 
blflty and the Classic 
Sticker means that it was 
the beet of its genre for 
that month. As for the 
screen shots, we try to 
give a flavour of the 
game and not to give 
away any of the later le- 
vels and spoil your enjoy- 
ment of what is, a super 
game. 

LICENCE TO KILL 

To Jim (can't review a thing) 
Douglas, i read your teview 
of licence. To Ktif, It said 'Better 
than previous efforts but hard- 
ly a premium Bond." I'd 
played my friend's game of 
The living Doytlghtt ond that 
wasn't too bad - with on 
ancient SU poke from one of 
my older magsit was quite 
goad. So I thought I part with 
some money and buy Licence 
To Kin You definitely under 
rated tt. How far did you get 
info the game? Fiom the look 
of the screen sholsyou didn't 
get past level 1 ond then 
thought 'The other levels can't 
be too bad' and gave It 60% 
Okay, so the screen shots 
don't look too good, but irs 
the gamepioy that really 
count* My ratings would've 
been: Graphics 70% Sound 
(48 K>65% ( 1 28K.) B3% Pla yO biHty 
65% testability 66%. Other man 
this slight mistake. I still think 
your mag is the best and keep 
up the brill megatapes. 
Matlhew Pentnay, Highworth. 
Swindon. 

• My name is Douglas, 



James Douglas, Danda 
dan dan Dan-dan-dan 
danda dan dan dan dan 
da daadaa da da dan. 
What are all these accu- 
sations about my screen 
shots anyway? We al- 
ways play the games ex- 
tensively (yes, even the 
naff ones!) and so 
there s not much time 
left to take the screen 
shots so sometimes we 
don't always get shots of 
later levels. Anyway. I've 
told Garth to get shots of 
later levels and he's 
grunted something 
like.. Oh hum, here I am, 
brain the size of 
planet..., which probably 
means "Yea sir, Mr Dou- 
glas Sir! " 



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les jol< garcori* Fran- 
calt. . oh sorry. I keep forget- 
ling not everyone la a a cos- 
mopolitan a* tha mighty SU 
staff, who can play games 
with instruction* in French! 
Still, maybe we should have 
triad It In English loo, 
phrases Ifke "On this day, 
they coma to vanquish you. 




events, which you can play in 
any order you wan I. 

Ring Pursuit It ■ 3-D race 
game; spaed through the aste- 
roid belt, avoiding obstacles 
taking the correct course left 
or right at coloured markers, 
and knocking your opponent 
off course. There 'a no time 
limit, but it you stay ahead 
you score more points. This 
game Is very faat and excit- 
ing, and is the moat easily 
grasped of the event*. 

Tronic Slider is a sort of 3-D 
til I Hards In which you have to 
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again bashing your opponent 
to shake his balls loose, fnar. 
With the help or a position dia- 



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struction* alona would have 
been a laugh a minute. 

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marvellous, but it's annoying- 
ly difficult to play and un- 
necessarily obscure. De- 
signed by the team behind 
the mind-boggling Captain 
Blood, PSD is in fact a sort of 
galactic Olympics: the Purple 
Saturn Day of the title being a 
regular astronomical conjunc- 
tion which marks the start of 
the Games. So why didn't 
they just call H Galactic Olym- 
pics, eh? 

Anyoldhow. the aim is to 
compete in four events 



against seven alien species 
The eight competitors are 
divided into four pairs, and 
the winners of the quarter fi- 
nals go into the semi-finals, 
the overall winner getting a 
galactic snog with the Purple 
Saturn Queen, who probably 
looks likean inside-out hedge- 
hog, but we don't know for 
sura, not having managed to 
win yet. 
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mates according to their 
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Also truly bon are the Intro 
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PSD I* certainly different, 
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WE LOVE AL TOO - 
THE WHOLE POPULA- 
TION OF ITALY 

Dear Smelly. This letter is 
not for you. w c are sen- 
din' It to vou 'cos It' s the 
only way to write to Al "The 
princess" Skeat and gettln' 
the letter printed ot the 
same time, That's all for 
you, Wayne "the scoblet" 
(what's a scoblet ■ WS) 
Smelly. 



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We are SU s biggest Fans, 
we stoned buying it in Au- 
gust '85 - the one with Ro- 
land Rat on the cover. The 
SU team used to print the list 
at the available Speccy soft- 
ware. Now, we are the 
founders of the "Alison Skeat 
Italian Fan Club*. (Andy tal- 
kln' now) You know Al. 
when r read In Issue 85 that 
your hobby is pickln' up 
tounsts outside the Hippo- 
drome I didn't miss the 
chance to meet you, but I 
didn't find you there, so I 
tried the Empire and the 
other one, the Maximus - 
where were youlll??? (Alex' 
turn now} Hi "Golden legs s l 
(more like milk bottle legs - 
Jim). Next week I'm gain' to 
Glasgow University where I'll 
be studying all the ne*t 
year And this Is only to be 
closer to you (well, closer 
than now In Italy). Hope you 
appreciate It. (Both Andy 
and Alex) Vou re the light of 
our ilvesl Alex and Andy Lo- 
nardo Geneva, Italy 




(^CEFTlON 



ALISON SAYS: CAIO 
ALEX AND ANDY, 
THANKS MATIES FOR 
YOUR LETTER -BIG 
RASPBERRIES TO THE 
REST OF THE SU 
TEAM, I GOT A FAN 
LETTER AND YOU 
DIDN'T, SO STICK 
THAT UP YA BOT. I 
MUST SAY, ALEX AND 
ANDY'S ENGLISH IS 
A RUDDY SIGHT BET- 
TER THAN MY ITA- 
LIAN. 

ALL I CAN SAT IS 
TORTBLLONI f VAL- 
POL I CELLA i PASTA 
AND MUSSOLINi, 
NELL I S'POSE IT'S 
A START. 
WAYNE SAYS: HU- 
RUMPH! I'M EVER SO 
SLIGHTLY PEEVED 
ABOUT THIS. I'M 
THE ONLY GUY FOR 
AL AND I SHAN'T 
HAVE ALL YOU OTHER 
GIGOLOS TRYING TO 
WIN HER HAND, 
SHE'S MINE (NO I'M 
NOT PIZZA rACE - 
AL) 



BEAR WITH ME A MO 

Dear Wayne. I was re- 
cently ploying that cool 
game on Megotope 9, BeOT 
a Grudge when I found 
something very Interesting. 
If you lood in the heoder 
then press stop on the tope 
and press BREAK to break 
Into It you will see the pro- 
gram, If you change the 
RANDOMIZE USR 3245<? to 
RANDOMIZE USR3250Q and 
run it and ioad In the game 
you will have infinite lives. 
The sound will be duff but 
who cares! 

Simon Odey E. Lothian, Scotland 
P,S, Your mag Is ths best 

• WAYNE SAYS: BEAR 
A GRUDGE REALLY IS 
A SUPER GAME ISN'T 
IT? 

UNFORTUNATELY IT 
WAS A LITTLE BE- 
FORE MY TIME SO I 
DON'T FEATURE IN 
IT (THAT'S THE 
BEST THING ABOUT 
IT UG CHOPS - THE 
WHOLE SU TEAM) , 
THANK YOU FOR YOUR 
WEE TIP. IF OTHER 
SU READERS HAVE 
TIPS r WRITE IN AND 
LET ME KNOW AND 
WE'LL PRINT THEM 
ON THIS PAGE. 



I WANT SCHOOL 
DAZE 

Dear Wayne, Please, 
please, piease could 
you help? I have fallen Jn 
love with a game called 
Schooi Daze, f have ployed 
the game before and liked 
it so much. I said to myself, ' 
shall have to buy Itr I've 
looked In every shop but I 
still haven't found It, Please 
help me Wayne. 

Paul Mack ay Worcester P. 5. 
you're not as bad as they say 
you are! 

• WAYNE SAYS: I'M 
SORRY TO TELL YOU 
THAT YOU CAN NO 
LONGER BUY THIS 
GAME IN THE SHOPS. 
MAYBE IF SOMEONE 
OUT THERE HAS 
SCHOOL DAZE THEY 
COULD WRITE TO 
PAUL AT 36 BRITA- 
NIA SQUARE, HORCES 
TER NR1 3 DM. 



WHO WANTS MY 
PAPER? 

Dear Su, I have got 10 
rolls of thermal printing 
paper for the ZX printer and 
as I have no further use for 
It. I'd like to sell It. Any of- 
fers? If so write to: 

John Bradford, 20 Holcote Close, 
Belvedere, Kent DM 7 5RR 

ODE TO WAYNE 
SMEDLEY 

There's a boy that I know 
called Wayne With acne 
all over his face He's a 
handsome young man all 
the same Compared with 
the blob from space 

Now you may think that Is 
unfolr To call Wayne ugly 
but you see He's the boy 
with radio-active hair And 
ail the finesse of a flea 

His nose Is ail twisted and 
bent His mouth Is exactly 
the same With nostrils like 
giant air vents Oh mummy' 
Is his favourite game 

As a writer he's really naff 
The fame has Just gone to 
his head His replies are 
good for a laugh You 
should put me in charge In- 
stead 

He plays with his plane hi 
though no one cares His fa- 
vourite clothes Are bright 
purple flares 




But Wayne's my best 
friend And you won'1 find 
one better Wayne you're 

the best And now print this 
letter (or I'll tell everyone 
about your teddy collec- 
tion) 

David Chater Warley, W. 
Midlands PS. Js there a game of 
the film "The Blues Brothers', If 
not, why not? 

• WAYNE SAYS; WHO 
TOLD YOU ABOUT MY 
TEDDIES? YOU MUST 
PROMISE TO NEVER 
EVER MENTION THEM 
AGAIN - IT' S NOT 
VERY GOOD FOR MY 
IMAGE (YOU HAVEN'T 
GOT AN IMAGE, YOU 
GONK - AL) . AC- 
TUALLY IT WOULD BE 
A JOLLY GOOD IDEA 
TO SEE A BLUES BRO- 
THERS GAME - IF 
ANY OF TBE BIG 
SOFTWARE HOUSES 
ARE HEADING, GET 
TO IT AND QUICk . 

PRINT MY LETTER 

Dear Wayne, If you print 
this letter i will seriously 
consider you a radicool 
dudel if you watch 'inter- 




ceptof', can you osk a soft- 
wore company why the hell 
they a [n 't doling it on com- 

puter r> 

It's so wicked that I'm 
going to try and do it (al- 
though I can only fiddle 
with character ceil 
graphics), i got the Batman 
demo and loaded It 
and, ..no music. I played It 
and found myself stuck on 
a ledge with no way to get 
across. I loaded It on 128K 
and solved two problems. 
1) You can throw the bata- 
rang dlagonnally 2) You get 
music 

Jason White Basildon, Es»*k 

• WAYNE SAYS: THERE 
YOU GO ALL YOU 
CHAFPIES AT THE 
SOFTWARE BOUSES, 
MORE IDEAS FOR NEW 
GAMES. IF ANY SU 
READERS CAN THINK 
OF NEW IDEAS FOR 
GAMES, WRITE IN 
AND TELL ME ABOUT 
THEM. 

WAYNES NEW 
IMAGE 



Deor Smelly (oops, sorry, 
Smedley), i am sick and 
tired of people picking on 
you. and I bet you are too. 
So why don't you do some- 
thing about it. 



For a start you can take 
them posters down ■ how's 
about putting some Alison 
Skeat posters up (yea hi) 
Get rid of them books on 
your desk d pile a few SU's up 
Instead. I think that will 
make it a lot better. Do yer 
hair, blitz those zits. change 
those socks, take off that 
tie, lust tidy up. Right fhats 
out of the way now, good 

I've been reading SU lor 
nearly a year now (no not 
the same one. I get a differ- 
ent one every month) and 
the first Issue I got, well I can 
tell you now matey, I was 
hooked 




to tell you the truth l can't 
think of a word good 

enough to describe 'em. 
And all of this is only £1 .60, 

THE MAG IS A MEGA MAGI!! 
Oh yes, can I put da,wn my 
top ten games In my collec- 
tion. (Oh go one then - 
everyone at SU) 

1 New Zealand Story 

2 Forgotten worlds 

3 Robocop 

4 Renegade III 

5 Emlyn Hughes Soccer 
6Microprose Soccer 

7 Batman - Caped Cru- 
sader 
B Thunderblade 

9 Dragon Nin|a 

1 B Ionic Commandos 
I'd. also like to say hello to a 
few people - HELLO Mum, 
Dad, Bros, Class SC4B AND 
ALISON &KEAT (witty woo!). 
Oh yeah Wayne, what foot- 
ball team do you support. 
and what about Jim? Me? 
Well actually, to tell you the 
truth I'm a Mlsterton United 
fanatic (stop laughing you 
lot ■ Jim). 

Neil Stotks Mis'erton, Donc»Bler 



The Reviews are top class 
(except Dillon's), the Pre- 
views are great, the com- 
pos are mega, the posters 
are fabbo, and what con I 
say about the Megatapes . 



WAYNE SAYS: WELL 
NEIL AS YOU CAW 
SEE FROM THE LOVE- 
LY PICCY I HAVE IN- 
DEED CHANGED MY 
IMAGE AND I AM NOW 
MEL GIBSON AND I 
GO ROUND SHOOTING 
BADDIES AND SNOG- 



GING PATSY KENS IT 
(I'd rather snog 
baddies and shoot 
Patsy - Garthy) . 
DEEP DOWN I'M 
STILL A SENSITIVE 
CHAP (he means 
ruddy great pansie 
- Al) . 

JIM SAYS; 1 SUP- 
PORT SOUTHEND 
UNITED ACTUALLY, 
BECAUSE THAT'S 
WHERE I LIVE. 
WAYNE SAYS THAT IF 
I SUPPORT SOUTHEND 
UNITED THEN HE 
DOES TOO - WORRA 
CRETIN ! 
* AL SAYS; HELLO 
BACK TO YOU NEIL, 
HOPE YOU'RE FEEL- 
ING FINE. 

GARTH SAYS; WELL 
THERE I WAS, AC- 
TUALLY TRYING TO 
DECIDE WHO WAS THE 
BEST ACTOR OUT OF 
MEL GIBSON AND 
DAFFY DUCK AND DE- 
CIDED THAT AL 
WOULD BE BETTER 
THAN BOTH AS SHE'S 
ALREADY SUPER- STAR! 



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The terrain changes wildly 
from course to course. One 
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ever sand dunes and loose 
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bers on bone-shaking rock 
formations 

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quire different styles of driv- 
ing. You'll have to turn in 
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face to avoid sliding out Of 
control. 

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ing is that the other drivers 
on the course never, ever, 
slide off the track or even 
drift at all- I'm sure this la 



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Power Drift strikes a medium 
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antique shop, then 
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strange potion to 
ward off a 
headache, you 
find yourself in 
a world made 
up of one 
part 



situations come from the Bard 
of Avon's well-known plays, 
the solutions are the usual ad- 
venture stuff; get newt's eye, 
pul in cauldron, pick up torch, 
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Shakespearian references 
splodged together, without ac- 
tually testing your knowledge 
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bit like someone reeling off lots 
of jokes but forgetting the 
punchlines- 




5tag>i w 

v.-.ij -are standing on a flat plain. From here it 
beetle that, ill the war Id's a sta^e, and all the 
men and woiran merely players: they ha;*E their 
exit? and their entrance? to the north, south* 
ea^t and west , 

;n 

You are on a wild heath, 5o foul and fair a day 

you hau£ not seen, a path lead? off to the south, 

there is a forest path to the northwest, and a 

chilly wind blows down a path to the northeast, 

NMt are these so wither 'd and wild in their 

attire- They should be women but their beards 

forbid thee to interpret that they are SO. 

The wit cher are prepared to giMe you one of the 

following objects : 

Rn eye of newt 

Ih toe of frog 

Ft i«oo l of bat 

fi tongue of dog 

Much object will you take? 

"Where shall we three met again?'' If you pick up the right 
item EVE think things could get easier! 



Avon, one part Verona and one 
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real world 

You don't have to know much 
about Shakespeare to play the 
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ihe screen display consists 
of nothing but text and a short 
description of your location 
and score. The parser is quite 
powerful, allowing chaining of 
commands, and you can 
choose terse, normal or long 



Stage 19 

14 there you are, standing in a world that, 
although it is definitely HOT 
Stratford-UFori-A'rOrv, does seem to haul this 
strange Shakespearean flaMOUr. To judge by those 
(fragments of Shakespeare's works that you can 
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nowledge that win help you now. 

-tioeuer it was that got you into this nightmare , 
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present day , Good luck ' 



You are standing on a flat plain, From here it 
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ivi-m and women rarely players: they haut their 
exits and their entrances to the north, south,, 
east and wast, 

| " Once more unto the breech dear friends. ' And so you begin 
Avon and start a journey Uttered with Shakespearean proa*. 







scene descriptions. There's a 
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hints listed on a sheet, and you 
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the package! 

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vain, Involving a bold adven- 
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world of cannibals, ogres, wit- 
ches and sorcery. 

Although it's a pleasure to 





find adventure games which 
aren't \u\\ of spelling mistakes. 
Avon is a bit Of a let-down tor a 
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Health you think as you make 
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weapon. These vary in type 
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walked over is swopped with 
the current weapon in use- 
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completely relieves our hero 
of his armour - bul he will 
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'Goodnight, good knight!' 



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N Ghosts and there's a hell of 
a lot in It How d they get so 
much in? I reckon they 
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large wooden pole. 

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didn't strike me as wonderful 
with the small hero graphic 
sometimes getting lost with 
the yellow walls but on later le- 
vels this criticism disappears 
and the large scale monsters 
are very good, in both 
graphics and size wilh Inter le- 
vels showing some good uses 
of colour and making for what 
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mour which when powered 
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charge which will kill any nas- 
tie that gets in the way of it. 
Open Ihem by attacking them 
with whatever weapon you 
have to hand but beware! 
Sometimes they hold a spell 
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Championship Jet Ski 
Simulator and what amazing 
feats of daring Jel Ski do can 
you undertake. None. Nol a 
sausage. Nol even the slightest 
wet wheefie. This game gives 
you all the misery of screaming 
around In the wet without even 
the exciting possibility of 
catching pneumonia or wearing 
a rubber suit {fnar}, but wail - 
Joes the game have any merits 
at all? Yes it does. What you can 
is race against a friend 



by gates with ascending num- 
bers showing the route that 
you must follow. The way to 
race Is by sliding the Jet ski 
ariirtd the corners, lis a sort 
of aquaplane skid and It's 
tricky to pick up hut once 
you've mastered it the control 
becomes quite authentic. 
What does he mean authen- 
tic? I hear you cry from the 
depths of your armchairs. 
Well na na dl na na to you ma- 
teys! I've jet skied with the 
best down the River Cole so I 
know! 

The options screen at the be- 
gining gives a menu tor 1 or 2 
players and names can be en- 
tered for the contestants. 
There's a high score table and 
a controls menu that gives 
you numerous options for con- 
trol over the two player's ma- 
chines. Full marks to the 
twins for putting such a useful 
front end on the game. 

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around a variety of wet, wet, wet 
courses end listen attentively 
to the sampled voice. Is that 
enough to warrant you buying 
it? I should think not but if 
you're daft enough to buy it 
then you're daft enough to read 
about it and I'm more than daft 
enough to write about it so here 
we go.... 

Up 10 two jet skis out of the 
four that race can be control- 
led by players, with control 
being; rotate clockwise or anti- 
clockwise and fire to accel- 
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easy peasey - the only ob- 
stacles are the odd jetty and 
weed beds which slow down 
your engine - or the Docks 
which, as you might imagine, 
are full of boats and weirs and 
general dockish sort Of bits, 
hence the courses twist and 
turn like the hands of an arth- 
ritic journal let. {Oh yes? So 
why can't we prise them open 
when you've got money in 
them? Jim & A\}. 

After each race there's a full 
run down of your times and 
performance giving lap times 




for each curcult with a total 
time, your lime bonus and 
your score. There's even a re- 
play option that will show the 
last race again so that you 
can study your performance. 
Each time you qualify In a 
race you move onto ihe next 
course. The options menu is 
as comprehensive as any that 
may grace a full price game 
and it's a nice touch - so is 
the sampled voice that starts 
each race- 
Jet skiing is fun, wildly excit- 
ing and wet. This game is fun 
for two but definitely a little 
wet when playing on your 
own. It's a reasonable race 
game but a simulator - no 
way! I think that the sooner 
someone decides that the 
Trade Description Act should 
be applied to the word Simula- 



tor, the better and them per- 
haps race games will remain 
races and simulators will con- 
tinue to be long and compli- 
cated and played by profes- 
sional business people when 
they think that no-one will no- 
tice that the annual reports 
have suddenly turned Into an 
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Arc Developments are a soft- 
ware development company 
that seem to have had a low profile 
in the past, is It because they're 
based In Walsall, one of the back- 
waters of Birmingham who's only 
claim to fame Is probably the effi- 
ciency of their traffic wardens? 
Garth, our own boy racer, tried to 
park his car in W&isall... 

"Go on, I'm only IS minutes late." I said to 
the Lone Cowboy of the single yellow lines 
With a crooked grin, a flash of his ballpoint 
and a flourish Ol white paper, he'd laken 
my number, written the ticket, stuck it to 
my forehead and sent his pen spinning 
back into his pocket before I could even rip 
out my press card. 

It was somewhat surprising to find thai this 
miserable minion's efficiency paled into in- 
significance alongside the quiet success of 
Arc Developments, whose gentle and unas- 
suming manner IS in direct contrast to Iheir 
efficient, market-conscious and highly pro- 
fessional approach to business. They ere 
the team responsible for US Gold's Forgot- 
ten Worlds and are currently working on V. 
Out for Rainbow Arts, With a fresh parking 
ticket still Attached lo my forehead. I wenl 
to see how the team worked 

Q: How did Arc Developments 
pome into being? 

yron: We ail worked for Elite as various 
arts of their in-house team, Paul arriving 
April of 1967- 1 worked on Live and Let 
Die. Question of Sport and Pop Quiz. Chris 
wrote Hopping Mad and Storm Warrior on 
the CfW and Rich had had a stint on Over- 
lander. Question of Sport and Pop Qui*. 
Paul, as a graphic designer had input into 
various programs but, tike the real of us, he 
found it dull and lacking so by October of 
"AS wed all decided lo set up 1og#ther to do 
what we did for Elite but be able to have a 
far greater input into design of a game- 




Paul: Forgotten Worlds for US Gold. We worked really 
hard on the game, lo gel the graphics right and make 
sure that the pro gram was at Its best. We decided from 
the outset that the mosi important thing for us as a 
company was to produce good products ON TIME, We 
think we achieved that with F.W, and we intend to 
continue at as high a level as we can produce, 




Q: So, X Outsyour 
second job. How's it 
doing? 

Byron: Well I'm working 
from the Amiga version of X 
Out from Rainbow Arts and 
I've got to squeeze as much 
as possible into the Spec- 
trum. Rainbow Arts will give 
me a specification for the 
movement patterns and intel- 
ligence of enemy ships, rnort- 




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show the depths the enemy are prepared to sink to 
Jn order to scupper your ship 

monsters and missiles and 1 have to Implement them 
So Far, I've managed to get everything in hut there is a 
fair bit of jiggery pokery concerned with the backdrops, 

Q: Yes, what exactly happens with the 

graphics? 

ByrOn: Graphics are first made up by Paul. He 
replicates the various ships and monsters, etc using 
Delux Paint 3 on an Amiga. I then try to move them 
around the screen according to the spec 



Q: Are there problems convert- 
ing graphics from the Amiga 
version to the Spectrum? 

Paul: Well, I draw the map from start to fin- 
ish, and the longest screen is 7,040 pixels 
long. It you multiply this by the height of 
256 you end up with 1 12K of pure back- 
drop, for the spectrum this has bean con- 
densed down to 6K which It does by recall- 
ing p»rts of the map and reusing them, it's 
like building a wall with lego bricks and tak- 
ing bricks from the left hand side and using 
them to continue building il from Ihe right. 

Q: Why were monochrome 
graphics used? 

Byron: Well, I've used a two pixel bound- 
ary' for movement which basically means 
that each sprite moves 2 pixels along for 
each cycle of the program. Colour only 
moves by e pixels per cycle so If there were 
colour sprites the colour would move once 
for every four moves of the sprite which 
gives the overall Impression of it jumping' 
after the sprite. 

Q: So you can't use colour and 
get smooth graphics? 

Byron: No. not unless the sprites move 
quickly. The missiles move quite fast * be- 
tween 8 and 16 pixel boundaries, so there's 
a good chance that I can use colour on 
them. 

Q; How about sound. What's 
happening with that? 

Paul : We want the sound to be as good a* 
possible, and on the +2 and +3 machines 
we want 1o utilise the fact that the Spec- 
trum shares the same sound chip as the 
Atari ST. These machines will have sam- 
pled music with the title sequence, taken 
from the Amiga version - the 4BK machines 
will have some music but obviously this 
will be limited due to the memory size 





ficafiona I have to work to. 
This poses some problems. 
The Amiga has far more mem- 
ory which isn't so much of a 
problem in terms of sprites 
but the backdrops have had 
to be redesigned by Paul 
using monochrome with vari- 
ous types of shading or stipp- 
ling lo achieve the desired re- 
sults - this takes less mem- 
ory. Also, the Amiga back* 
drops are made up of blocks - 
64 are used on level 3 and the 
speccy just has to have less. 




Arc developments are a young company that have noth- 
ing but success to build upon, and a dedication to their 
work that Should act as a yardstick for other established 
companies to measure their success by. We will be follow- 
ing their progress closely in the New Year. And I have a 
feeling that other software development bouses will soon 
be doing the same! 



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enemy fire 'Torn ME 109 s and 
shipping This may seem I ike 
a tall order for a Ions Spitty, 
but with it's superb handling 
you should be able to gob all 
over the opposition. The 
graphics in this game are 
good but the best part has to 
be the animation of the Spit- 
fire. II. is pretty good, with you 
being able to whack it into 
steep turns end play at daring 
cIdos with low level attacks 

Your instruments are simple 
enough - there's an allimeter 
to show height, a fuel gauge 
and damage is shown by bul- 
let holes along the bottom of 
the screen. Fill the bottom of 
the screen and Ka-Boom. Bits 
of heroic Hyer are scattered to 
the lour winds. 



You must fight your way 
across the channel, through 
ftak and ME109 s to destroy 
1heV1 rocket launching sites 
that are harassing old Blighty 
and making mincemeal out of 
the airfields 
These are by no means easy 
to lake out as ihe launching 
ramps prOfed up SO you must 
fly over them and then turn 
and attack from the other side 
or, if you wanl fo do a Biggies 
try diving al them bul be 
warned - it calls for split sec- 
ond timing to avoid crashing 
into them and going up in a 
ball of flame. 

This is nof an original idea 
but it is an original game and 
should give several hours of 
senseless shooting 



Contact! And its chocks 
away as you lire up the 
engine and it bursts into lite. 
lifting you high above the 
clouds to Angels lwelve-0 
. England expects every man to 
i do his duly and now Us your 
turn. 

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re we go. ere we 
we go... "And here. 
deed, do we go with errrr, 
there's some news just coming 
In... Yes Cult have releaser 1 
budget game that's really 
bad and should be able to c 
pete with several oi the lool_. 
manager simulations on the 
market Well, that's quite re- 
markable- Thank you Mr Cole- 
man, and it's over to you 
G reave sy Yes. Saint well it's 
not sa baad. I fink it should give 
a cupla games somfink la' 
worry abaarl. CuH've been get- 
ling a bil of a reputataion fer not 
giving lOQ*b. so it's great ta see 
val they've got a star player 
lets ope this will see em t 
around and start buildin 
stronger side fer the new sea- 
son." 

Soccer 7 is a seven-a-! 
manager simulation, that la 
you through the trials and Ir 
lations of managing a squa< 
10 players. You begin by choos- 
ing a team from eight and play 
is set up between two groups of 
four teams. You must manage 
your side and keep abreast 
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Defense. Midfielders and Al- 
rack There are nine in each 
team which includes two reser- 
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s to whatever you like, 
control of the team only 
is once you are due to play 
a match. At this point alt the 
nerve and verve of a football 
boss comes into play. Chang- 
ing the team around, allocating 
pari of the 40 hours towards 
either fitness or skill training, 
(fading players, checking the 
leaaues and even having a 
ty look at the manager s 
is ■ all are done via the 
re -match menu, The team mo- 
-■- : s also shown here - a low 
e can lead to a team's low 
rmance so winning mat- 
la sooo Important 
And so the whistle blows and 
ie match begins. This is a text 
ily affair with each team's 
np (Oo-er). shown at the top 
screen. You decideon the 
ig formation, the level of 



what type of game you 
play For example, if you are 
playing an attacking game you 
can play it using either; Win- 
gers, Long Balls (fnarr) or a 
slowly, slowly approach. 

As the minutes slowly tick 
away, you are updated each 
time someone puts a ball In the 
back or the net. This tells you 
who scored and How they did it 
and at all times you have the 
option of sending on a sub- 
stitute. Stabbing enter re- 
peatedly will speed up the game 
between goat reports- On the 
final whistle the team's perfor- 
mance is rated and any injuries 
or bookings are shown At this 
point you can assess the indi- 
vidual players and If someone 

' oking like they have two left 
you should think about 
passing him on to someone 
else the next time you have a 
chance to trade players 

The game continues until you 
get to the end ot the season 
where Ihe two top clubs from 
each of the two groups go into 
a semi final - get pasl thai and 
there s just the final between 
you and complete stardom as 
manager of the season 

I have to admit to be a big fan 
of football sims and this game 
certainly rales better than some 
I've seen and Soccer 7 really 
puts the boot in for games like 
World Cup Carnival and Hand- 
ball Maradonna At £2.93. with 
the oplion of eight managers 
playing together, I think it offers 
good value and if you've got 
seven mates around the house 
then whal else could you do on 
a dull wel Saturday when your 
own team is playing away" 7 



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menl between Garth and Garj 




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and shows a list of the order of 
matches both home and away 
indicating which teams are 
playing who. At Ihe beginning, 
all the players hi the squad are 
Sho^n along with their energy 
level which begins at a sprighl- 
iy 100 and their average perfor- 
mance which begins ai zero 



To begin the season you can 
load in a saved game or start 
from scratch and from one to 
eighl learns can be controlled 
oy the players. You are asked 
which of Ihe teams you would 
like to manage and once 
chosen you can change the 
name ot the manager and the 



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The Duel , or Test Drive II, is being developed by th» pro 
grommlng team Random Access The programmer respon- 
sible lor The Duel Is Alan Jardine, who was lormalty Involved in 
the 16-bit whirligig project and other 16-bitpfO|ects. The chal- 
lenge of producing The Duel, the Accolade first person driving 
game, luied Aian back to the Spectrum otter two yeafs ot lo-bit 

woik 

I visited Alan at The Soles Curve's office, where Random Access 

are based, and unleashed a barrage of question si 

Q: Presumably you had a graphic artist to draw 
all the cars and cacti, but how did you approach 
drawing the road? 

In most arcade games all the graphics are drawn by an artist 
and then put together in the right way on screen by the pro- 
grammer For the partsof the graphics which could be drawn 
by on artist. Ned Longman, another member of Random Ac- 
cess, drew some really great cars and thing However, with The 

Duel most ot the display area needs to be calculated 
Although the position oi bend* and tunnels oiong the course 
doesn 1 change from game to game, the player's position and 
angle on the road as he approaches them does, For mis reason 
It Is Impossible to store away Oil the views from the car window 
there are literally millions of different view points along the 
course. 

O: So tfra computer has to figure out what the 
player can see from any given point on the 
course, and display it? 

Precisely, and that takes some lairly complex mathematics tut 
when you con do that, the Illusion ol forward motion is 
achieved by simply stepping the view point down the course. 

Q: How do you actually decided what the road 
looks tike and how do you draw it? 

The computer holds a map of the course, this map is in terms of 
sections^ the first half mile Is straight, then there is a bend, then 
a Cliff appears, and so on. 






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First the computer looks at how fof along the course the ploy*' 
li It then steps slowly forward through the map, at each step re- 
membering thai It Is moving slightly further away tram me posi- 
tion ot the player* cor, and therefore up the display One step 
lorword is one pixel line higher on the dlspiay. more or less 

At each step forward it sees if the rood is bending to the right or 
left, or Just continuing forward; depending on what it is doing it 
alters the co-ordinate ot ihe mad centre tor this pixel line on the 
display. The amount that the centre co-ordinate Is modified by 
depends on how tar away the bend, or whatever, is lrom the 
player's position... perspective! The values of all Ihe road cen- 
tres Iot each row of the display ore stored oway in a road cen- 
tres" table 

Q: OK so you tiowknow where the centre ot the 
road Is for each tine of the display, how do you 
draw the road? 

The road centres table Is scanned through, Each line on the dis- 
play corresponds to a certain road width - the perspective 
means thai the food gets progressively narrower as It gets fur- 
ther away from the player's position. 

For any '°w on the screen the road starts at the co-ordinate ot 
the centre of the road mmvs haif the width o I the road al that 
point, and finishes al the coordinates ol the centre of Ihe road 
pJus halt the width al the road at that point in effect the road Is 
|uit a series at horizontal lines. 

On the Spectrum one memory location corresponds To eight 
pixels on the screen, one bit per pixel. The quickest way, there- 
fore, to draw things on the screen Is not to do II a pixel al a 
time, but ft pixels at a lime. For this reason the road is drawn In 
three parts. The left edge, the right edge and the middle. The 

graphics' tor the road edges are read out of a table. The 
middle or the road is always solid black and can be drawn very 
quickly by storing 255 (which corresponds ta 8 black pixels) in 
every memory location between the left edge and right edge 

of ihe road 




Q: What about cars and road side objects ? 

They are drawn as sprites, Initially we were IhinWng about writ* 
Ing software scaling routines, lo change the size of an object In 
mai rtme as M comes towards the player ■ we soon realised lhat 
ihis slows the game down considerably, and therefore we 
cheat by using several d trie rent objects - each slightly smaller 
than the last, 

One lalrly non-standard thing we had 10 do with ihe ob|ecrs 
was to depth sort them, Obviously cars In the background mutt 



be obscured by cars In the foreground, 

Rather than using complex masking techniques, the cars and 
other objects are sorted according to their distance from the 
player's position and then printed to the screen lrom Ihe most 
distant lo closest This means that a caf in the background b 
drawn before a car In the foreground and thus it gets covered 
up by the nearer car if they overlap. 

Q: What about actually printing the objects? 

To speed obiect printing up eight different routines are used, 
each routine drawing Ihe object lo a different pixel position. Be- 
cause pixels come In groups of eight the quickest way of print- 
ing the objects is lo use eight different routines, each of which 
moves the pixels In the sprite onto the B-pixei group boundaries 
correctly. 

Because all objects in the game can change site, as they ap- 
proach the player, ihe object drawing routines con handle ob- 
jects ot any size. This makes for a utile more complexity, but il Is 
easier than having routines to draw llngle size obiects and 
building up big objects out at groups at small objects 

Q: Did you have trouble making the game run 
quickly? 

That was probably the hardest part of the entire project Ail the 
calculations that had to be performed every lime the screen 
was regenerated certainly took their loll on the poor old Spec- 
trum. 

The maths wouldn't be loo bad 11 such precision wasn't needed ; 
Mosi video games can get away using numbers between 
and 255 tor aliens (x,y) co-ordinate and things, with The Duel 
thai was simply not possible. In many case I had to scale dawn 
12 bit numbers, that means BIG numbers for Ihe non- pro- 
grammers - scaling down small numbers Is slow enough. 

Q: Aren t there quite a few relatively fast driving 
games on the Spectrum? 

Ves, but they have gal it easy, really On The Duel you can 
drive off the road and drive back onto H al a funny ongle • in all 
other driving games, that I know of, the player is not in the driv- 
ing seal - fhey are looking down al the car from above 
In The Duel, as the player swings across the road the whole 
screen has to swing around. Because the player Is In the cor 
looking out of the window a whole new levei ol complexity Is 
added to all calculations. First person perspective really pushes 
the Spectrum to its limit l guess The Duel should be considered 
a driving simulator rather than a driving gome 

Q:What kind of control does the player have 
over the car? 

Obviously the player can sleer, accelerate and decelerate 
One lealure unique lo The Duel Is that It has gears, Just like a 
real car you can over rev and blow the engine Deciding the 
optimum lime to change gear adds another dimension of re- 
ality not available on most other games 

Q:Are you pleased with the finished product? 

Yes, I think lhal for a first person perspective driving game It 
works remarkably well on the Spectrum, It has a good feel la It 
driving oft the road and going exploring can be quite amusing 
Obviously one or two things in the Amiga version were not 
possible to Include in the Spectrum version, but I think thai we 
made all the right decisions about whal must stay and what 
could go. 



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Dr Rope, We're having problems together with my +2. What hap- 
pens is that the 120k music doesn't appear (o work with some 
games - she first one was Bubble Bobble. With ihis, the music played 
the first time we loaded I he game, but never again. Others, like Kick- 
start 2. don I work al all. What's wrong'' 

Matthew Johnson and Adrian Travis Address unknown 



..WITH ME JET SET WILLY 



»nnr Singh, please can you help me? I have Ihe gam© Jet Set 
Willy, but I've lost the coded piece of paper which allows you to 
start the game. Is there a poke to get past the stupid protection? 



Anonymous Somewhere in GNIinghgm Dorset 
•Ewer wondered what a sharp intake of breath looks like in 



•Two things might be wrong - tf you're loading them in 48K 
mode, then the sound chip won 1 work, But lm sure you're not 
that daft, so ft sounds (hoho) like there a a subtle fault in the 
computer. Different games access the sound chip in different 
ways, so it's possible that there's something very obscure that 
Only affects some software. Can't say more than thai, though, 
so trot off and get the machine fix toot- sweet, 



print? Fwooorh. There, that's what. We can r go publishing 
things like that, because if would only encourage nasty evil pir- 
ates to rip off games (apparently some people do this, hard as 
it may be to believe). This does mean that you've go! a problem ' 
- try writing to the publishers ot this ancienl game with some 
proof that you've got a legal copy {try photocopying the cas- 
sette) and they should send you a spare card, if they ve got any ' 
heart 



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Deaf Sir. I've got a 48K Spectrum that s been upgraded to a Plus 
with an Interface 1 , which J use with Tasword Two and an Epson 
DX-1 00 daisy wheel printer. This works quite well, with one problem, 
If I lake Ihe printer off-line, say to feed paper in or out, then when I 
put it on-line again it will not receive any information from the Spec- 
trum. I have to turn the printer off and on again al the mains before i| 
will work. It worked with an Atari when I tested it, I'm mystified 

Peter Hopkins Ryde. Cheshire 

• and 1 . Doctor Goodwins - pleased to meet you Ahem. This 
looks like a handshaking problem - the printer probabfy sets a 



.AND I NEED A STYLUS 



Dear Wayne. Please, please, please, please could you tell me 
where I could get e Stylus for a lair price for the Sped rum +2? 
Please look everywhere, I need a Stylus. 

'Desperate" Stanley, Co. Durham 

*{BLOB> Dear Desperate. A stylus is used with a gramophone to 
turn the little wiggles in the grooves into sound - monophonic, 
or stereophonic with the appropriate equipment. A Spectrum 
+2 is not a gramophone, but a computer, and even if fitted with 
a stylus can reproduce neither mono nor stereo records. In- 
deed, it would probably damage them beyond recognition, and 
thus can only be recommended for Kylie Minogue. I suggest 



signal to say "Don't send any more data' when you lake it off- 
line, and this may not be reset when you back on-line. The 
other computer you tried it with may not be testing that signal 
before sending information. You could Iry removing the wire 
from pin 4 on the Spectrum end of the lead, and hook pin 4 to 
pin 6, but this may lose you characters on long documents. If 
your printer has the choice between X-ON X-QFF and hardware 
handshaking, choose the latter, since lhat's Ihe version Ihe 
Spectrum uses. 



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you try What Boring Old Drivel And HiFi Yawn. 

Dear Dr Puke {here, steady on old man, We have your pel rabbit 
hostage - RG) I bought a Star LC 10 printer which works fine with 
my +3 for screen copies. However, I had problems with LP R INT and 
LUST until I discovered that POKE 23354,62 and POKE 23355, IS 
made the printer burst into life here too. I know this isn't a problem, 
but I just thought that olher readers might find it useful 

Clinton Rindtuss No Address Supplied 

•I'm sure they will, and so I've arranged for your pel rabbit 1o be 
released. Thanks. 



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...DO WE FILL THE GAP? 



Games programming 
is very challenging 
because each new 
game demands innovation 

and features which are dif- 
ferent from past games. This 



the type Known to most 

people but the format of a 

loop is nearly always as 

shown here:- 

Using a counter. 

1. Set a counter 2. Perform 



usually means that we hove the program task 3. Decre- 



to come up with new rou- 
tines that are written from 
scratch for each game. 
Business programmers have 
got it easy - they can draw 
Ion stock routines such as 
calculators,, display routines 
etc and Just tailor the sfock 
routines Into o new pack- 
'age with a so called new 1 
product at the end of the 
day. 



ment counter 4. Go back to 

stage 2 until counter = 5. 

Flnished 

Using a test to terminate the 

loop. 

1, Perform the program task 

2. Perform the test - eg. 
read keyboard 3. Go back 
to stage 1 until test falls 4. 
Finished 

Ihe first stage in a loop 
structure can involve setting 



The subject of this month's a counter. This Is followed 



discussion Is the 'fill' routine, 
It will always be associated 
wrth graphical programs by 
virtue of its task, but it is sel- 
dom seen in gomes be- 
cause quite frankly, a 'fill' 
usually runs at a snails 
pace. However, a pro- 
grammer would not usually 
come up with a new fill al- 
gorithm and i have used 
the same program for years 
now. 

Figure 1 has the source 
code listing In machine 
code for the basic fill algo- 
rithm, it is quite short con- 
sidering the job it has to do 
but then again it is fairly effi- 
cient in terms of speed. The 
program Is quite complex in 
operation as it is recursive - 
le. it keeps calling itself until 
it has finished. 
RECURSION 
This term needs a little ex- 
planation. A common rou- 
tine structure Is a LOOP. 
Loops appear oil over the 
place. FOB: NEXT Instruc- 
tions in BASIC are probably 



by the program main body 
and finally there is some 
form of 'decrement counter 
and jump back if not zero' 
type of arrangement. The 
number of loops is deter- 
mined by a counter or it 
could be a test - say read- 
ing o keyboard to see If a 
key is being pressed. A 
loop cannot loop forever or 
we would hove a lock-up' 
situation and so there is al- 
ways some conditional situ- 
ation for a loop to work suc- 
cessfully. A RECURSIVE pro- 
gram Is one whereby It 
CALLS itself from within it- 
self:- 

PROGRAM: 
]1]C ALL PROGRAM RET 

Yes! It Is dart. The code 
above would just make the 
machine crash. It is not the 
same as a lockup condi- 
tion that can happen in a 
bug ridden loop but it is 
making the stack grow to 
enormous proportions until 
something gibes. Practical 
Recursion is not as daft as 



this but Is typically like this 
in stead :- 

LD <MEM),SP PROGRAM:]]] 
CALL COMPUCATEDJEST 
CALL HI, PROGRAM 
LDSP.(MEM) 
RET 

This is only an illustration of 
what a recursive routine Is 
all about. In the above In- 
stance, the sub-routine 
COMPLICATEDJEST has a 
conditional result - namely 
zero or not zero. In the not 
zero case the whole lot is 
called again (with the stack 
growing by two byles per 
call), if we relate this to the 
fill routine we can see thot 
the complex task of deter- 
mining which pixels need 
■filling' can only be done on 
a pixel by pixel basis. 
Effectively we check one 
pixel to see If it is filled and 
we store the status of the 
four pixels adjacent to the 
one we are testing. 

if any of the tour adjacent 
pixels need filling then we 
will want to re-enter the pro- 
gram again but wtt a new 
central pixel forming the 
basis of the complicated 
test, This will happen until 
there are no more pixels to 
fill and all adjacent ones 
have been filled - hence 
the condition to loop back 
will fail when the program 
has done its lob. The stack 
printer can be restored as 
shown for simplicity. The fill 
routine In figure 1 does not 
actually CALL itself from 
within but It Jumps back at 
HI 30, 

Before you say 'ah, but 
that's a conditional loop 
then, just look at the 
couple of PUSH HL and PUSH 



AF instructions embedded 
in the main body of code. 
These pushes contain a 
screen co-ordinate and 
flags for the testing process 
to determine pixels which 
need filling. Initially BC Is 
used to push FFOQ Hex on 
the stack as a Stop Code 
As the various values get 
■popped' ofl the stock we 
only return when this value 
of FF00 Hex crops up, This Is 
our condition that prevents 
the program going mad 
and never returning, 

A recursive routine is a very 
difficult type of routine to 
design and unfortunately It 
seems to be cropping up In 
more and more kinds of pro- 
gramming areas. The 
printed circuit board design 
packages which are being 
used In the CAD field are a 
good example of recursive 
design. 

The routine wants typing 
Into an assembler and basi- 
cally you can assemble It 
anywhere convenient but 
do remember to provide 
adequate RAM for the stack 
to grow (downwards re- 
member!). I have omitted to 
put a stack check In this 
program as it only makes It 
longer and more compli- 
cated. In practice I just 
allow 600 bytes or so of 
stack space and this Is 
usually enough. Only in this 
case it Is not really a blank 
but part of the design of a 
tile pattern: Plotting tile pat- 
terns will only succeed In 
making the routine lock-up 
as IT would be going around 
In circles trying to do the 
Job! 



SlNCl AIR USER DECEMBER 1989 




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Figure I - The fill routine 

PROGRAM FILL ROUTINE FOR SPECTRUM 

ORGBOQOH 



FI10- 



FI20: 



= 130: 



H40. 



Fl» 



FIM; 
FI70- 



FI80- 



FilOO 



LDDE,(XYPOS) 
IDBC.FFOOH 

push ec 

LD B.C 

LDH.D 
LDL^E 
CALLFTEST 
JR Z r Fl30 
POP BC 
LDA.B 
SCF 
INC A 
RET 2 
POP DE 
JR FH0 
CALLFPLOT 
Iff 7,1 
JR Z.F140 
INCL 
JRFI5C 
LDA.4 
DECL 
AND A 
JR Z.FHW 
CALL FTEST 
JR NZ.fiaO 

ait o.b 

JRNZ.FI70 
SET O.B 
LD AJ 
CPL 

ANO80H 
PUSH HL 
PUSH AF 
JR FI70 
RESO,» 
LOU 
LO C,2 
INCH 
LDA.H 
CP 192 
JR Z.FI90 

CALL FTEST 

JR NZ,FI9U 

LDA.B 

ANDC 

JRNZ.FI10Q 

LDA.B 

OR C 

LDB,A 

AND81H 

PUSHHL 

PUSH AF 

JRFI100 

FI9Q: 

LD A.C 

CPL 

ANDB 

LDM 

SLAC 

&IT2.C 

Jfi Z.FI1 10 

LD H.D 



; PUTTING THE STOP CODE OF OFFOOH 
;ONTHE STACK 

;HL - DE = SCREEN CO-ORDINATE 

INITIAL SCREEN TEST 

;POP FLAG OFF STACK 



IF = OFFH THEN RETURN - WORK DONE" 
IF NOT THEN GET SCREEN INTO DE 
AND CONTINUE 
THE ACTUAL *ML' IE A PLOT 



F1H0: 



Pi" 20 



FPLOT 



:CHECKtNG A PIXEL TO SEE IF IT 
;NEEDS FILLING 



;SAVlNG SCREEN AND FLAG PARAMETERS 
;FOR LATER 



ICHECK1NG TO SEE IF WE ARE GOING OFF 

;SCREEN 

JESTING TO SEE IF PIXEL IS ON OR OFF 



: SAVING PIXEL CO-ORDINATES AND FLAGS 
;ONtHE STACK FOR LATER 



LOA,H 
DECH 

AND A 

JR Fieo 

F1T7.B 

JRNZ,F!12Q 

1NCE 

JRF113Q 

LDA.E 

DECE 

AND A 

matt 

JPNZ.FMO 
JP FI20 

PUSH BC 
PUSH HL 
CALL GET_SCR 
OR (HL] 
LD [HI), A 
POPHL 
POPBC 
RET FTESTl 
PUSH 9C 
PUSHHL 
CALL GET SCR 
AND (HI} 
POPHL 
POPBC 
RET 
GET_SCR: 

LDA.H 

SRL A 

5CF 

RRA 

SRL A 

XQRH 

ANDOFBH 

XORH 

AND-XOR 

LDB.A 

LO A.L 

RICA 

RICA 

RLCA 

RLCA 

XORH 

AND OC7H 

XORH 

RLCA 

RICA 

LDCA 

LD A.L 

LDH.B 

LD L.C 

AND 7 

LDB.A 

INC e 

LDA.l 

RRCA 

JNZGET10 

RET 

xypos 

DEF&127 
DEFB 87 



THE RECURSIVE 811 - JUMPING'BAC* TO 
: START AGAIN WITH NEW PARAMETERS ON THE 
; CALLED TO PLOT A PIXEL 
;SAVE TIEGIST1RS FROM CORRUPTION 

calculate screen address 

lORINIHE pixel -filling it 
;store new screen byte 

RESTORE REGISTERS 

■CALLED TO TEST IF A PIXEL IS THERE OR NOT 
isAVEBCANDHL 



^CALCULATE SCREEN ADDRESS 
JEST RELEVANT BIT ON SCREEN 

; RE STORE REGfSTERS 

RETURN WITH ZERO/NOT ZERO 

CALLED TO CALOJALTE SCREEN ADDRESS 

FROM CO-pRDINATES IN HL 

SET UP THE HIGH BYTE FIRST 



A NOW HOLDS UlQXXXXX 
MERGE IN THE 3 LOWER BITS OF H 
;WITH BIT MERGE TECHNIQUE 
OFXQR' 

B=HIGH BYTE OF SCREEN ADDRESS 
NOW PROCESS LOW BYTE 
GET BITS INTO RIGHT PLACES 
GET BITS INTO RIGHT PLACES 



BIT MERGE AGAIN 



BC=SCREEN ADDRESS 

NOW WE PROCESS PIXEL POSITION WITHIN 

THE BYTE 

HL = BC 

WE ARE ONLY CONCERNED WITH BITS 0-2 

USE B AS COUNTER 

B . 1 - 8 

A IS A BIT MASK GETTO: 

ROTATE MASK INTO CORRECT PLACE 

;LOOP BACK UNTIL DONE 



THESE NUMBETJS ARE THE SCREEN CENTRE 
■BUT PRE-LOAD THEM WITH THE FIRST PIXEL 

■CO-ORDINATE THAT YOU WANT FILLING 



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Midnight Resistance - Data East 



Data East have beer 
coming up with 
some corkers recent- 
ly - Dragon Nlnja, Robo- 
cop, and now Midnight Be 
sistance. A combination of 
jumpy-jumpy and snooty. 
It's got o slightly novel con- 
trol system. In that you get 
to twist the joystick 360 de- 
grees which alters your di- 
rection of fire, while you 
.have o normal 8-way 
movement at the same 
time... like in ikarl 
Warriors III, tapper 
extrodlnaire, you 
p cteam the nasty evil op 
pressors wl J gun. but the 
best bit comes when you 
finish the level and get to 
choose new weapons - 
stand In line tor your flame 
thrower pleeossse 
Big sptltes, good 
| game play and It's 
doing ver well 
on test In 
London 



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Hams really i 

some great 
'pinboll tables, the la lest of 
[which is Police Force, 
/packed with features such 
las The Worlds First Moving 
Police Car In any Pinball it 
lis a superb table for any , 
* level of player But how A 
| do they fit o police 

car Into o pinball 
machine? / 



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Cue Brick - 



m nyone remerr 
■ 
j centive - a Spec' 
title o" many moons ego if 

re ever was one. V 
now there's something 
jsmeHkirtthe ar- 
cades. Cue BricH 
~^e screen is a matrix ? r 
tiles, like a sliding block 
puzzle There fe a track |un> 
bled-up in It, whlc 
have ' putateto 

make a ball re 3 t! 

and so finish the Is 
Smart graphics make It 
I fun to play -O" 
It might not be the most 
original or bdtBnafine- 

g effort ~if you're in 
the right kind of mood It'd 
be worth a go or seven. 



Konami 



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Big Run q 
- Jaleco 



d you know thai the 
most dangerous 
road race in the 
world is the Paris to Dakar 
road race? Worse even 
than the Ealing to Hanger 



one section of 
ie North 
:ular so they 
3y, gasp. In case 
you didn't know, 
akar Is the capitc 
Senagai, which is situated 
on the West coast of the 
African continent anc 
you're Into racing there 
from under the shadow of 
the Elf el tower, as they do. 
be warned that there ore 
so many driver and spec t a- 







Oieane. dec 
me Just when we 
oil thought thai 
Copcom were going to 
■iOmeth 
3 after the 
5 of Strlder 
appens 7 Barf' 
UN Squadron 

ievoid of imagination 
gameplay 'ie 

dened 

nod to 

.', tolling 

6 |OPl 

lp 

H voj can pick one of 
<ace to 




each piloted by a different 
notion oi yer. You've 

got your Japanese Shin-Ka- 
zama. Mickey Simon the 
American oc Greig Gote 
from. Holland. 



The age of the Euro- 
gome has arrived boys' 
Each plane has different 
characteristics that make 
you use different tactics, 
but you soon end up think- 



tor deaths In the e 
that each year various 
people get upset and 
to hove H banned Maybe 
people . o sit- 

down version of the Rally, 
Joleco's Big Run, banned 
too as It don'l half 
your turn 
lunch 

Yup. Big Run Is a a 
game, complete w 
big levels, and 
it's not quite up 
standard of Sup sco 

Gror i good 

laugl 
simple. »■ 
gear stick and ace 



ike 



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claim thai 

sit-down Ir 

roc* 

and by golly it teei 

as you swerve about the 

pfac 

ie graphics and so 
make this a class r 
and I'd imagine 

they so uld: 

make it even be 

race against a peer group! 

Vro' 



"^^TIcUigY*«y S* m " 
being *?,£:& 

8 

ing 1o v the 

pot' 

zodry at 
seems as 

nice people like Capcom 
can come up with some- 
thing os fingers down 
throat as this. Bettei luck 
next time chaps 



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Sounds like a winner 
does.nl it? Unfortunate* 
ly, while Ihe Ihle 
promises so much, the game 
doesn't really deliver. 

For a start, the game doesn't 
Include any fighting. Dodgy 
translation from the 
Japanese, apparently. This, I 
have to Say is a bit of a let 
down. 

I watt fully expecting a lot of 
■'Climb player", "punch raf" 
opfions, or at the very least 
♦he ability to determine how 
high your tackles are, Alas. 
there's none of It. Fighting 
Soccer is simply a reasonable 
conversion of a pretty aver- 
age loot y game. 

You're given a top down 
view of the pitch and all the 
players. There's not much col- 
our (green pitch and shaded 
black players), The screen 
scrolls poorly, and Ihe anima- 
tion of the players Is slow and 
jerky. 

Obviously, the aim of the 
game is to stuff the ball into 
the opposition's onion bag as 
many limes as possible be- 
fore the end of the game. 

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rio, you play teams from 
around the globe, each with 
different strengths and weak- 
nesses. 

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than one player at time, you 





so dazed he just lels the ball 
through 

An off-the-line clearance is a 
rare event 

In fact, scoring goals lsn'1 
that tough. I found lhal the ef- 
fort involved getting the ball 
and my players up Ihe pitch 
far tougher than actually 
banging one in, John. 

Probably the nicest pro- 
gramming touch crops up 
when you're jumping for a 
header. The players rise up 
from the pitch as ihey 
scramble for the ball. 

The only reason people play 
sports games in the arcades - 
and indeed at home- whether 
it's a soccer game or a bowl- 
ing simulation, is the 
play ability, On a home ma- 
chine, you have to make a 
careful decision whether to 
concentrate on the pics or the 
action. Fighting Soccer falls 
resolutely between bolh 
stools, and smashes Its teeth 
out in Ihe process 



Do the players move so feet that they're just ■ blur? 
No. not at alt. It's Just that they era just a blur anyway 



are forced to rely on Ihe com- 
puter to guide the remaining 
men in your team into sen- 
sible pass-opportunity 
places. This is all very wel 
but the naff nature of the ani- 
mation and action makes any 
really plans of strategy a little 
bit pie- In the sky, Brian. 
The opposing team seems 
to have a shooting advantage 
that I simply can't put down 
to my big match nerves, 
Saint. Once one of the other 
team has the ball at his feet, 
he pummels the goalie with 
the ball until the poor lad is 




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your fighl tatlie*' If he in from? Only the 1hn» light judges know lor sura, 
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Bonn struggle lo become H*»vyw*nJhl champion of the world. 

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second during rtunjs Use. sponge, flat iron, towel, water etc. Opponents use 
intelligence; lo decide upon (hair next round plans so bewail*. 



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The mosl utterly boring 
conversation i" the world, 
or at least certainly in the same 
class as "my computer is better 
lhan yours " arguments. 
discussions of variations in 
Eastern European rolling slock 
and whether United are going 
(o get promotion this year must 
be ItiB perennial debate about 
different rote playing systems. 
Get yourself down to a fantasy 
convention and there'll be 
pisies galore gobbing venom at 
each other about how "Hune 
Master' has a better combat 
system than "Plonkers & 
Pixies" or something or other. 
Gits. Fact is, as long as you 
are having a good lime playing 
the game thai you are playing - 
who cares? 

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At one time or another, of 
course, everyone even vaguely 
interested in role- playing has 
played the Big Daddy of them 
all. Dungeons and 
Dragons - and judging by the 
number of entries we had for 
our TSfl compo a couple of 
months back ■ quite a few of 
you wanted a copy of the 
second edition rules, which 
started to be published earlier 
this year with a new Players 
Handbook and Dungeon 
Masters' Guide. 

This mammotb enterprise 
consisted of updating, adding, 
subtracting, reorganising and 
generally making the first 
edition rules (getting on a bit 
now) generally a bit luwerlier. 
Well now. the Monster Guide 



has had the same tidying up as 
the first two modules and it's 
ceiled the Monstrous 
Compendium {Volumes 1 
and 2). Volume One consists 
ol a big loose leaf binder in 
which to keep your Monstrous 
Notes and details of around 
200 monsters and variants to 
inhabit any campaign, along 
with introductionary material 
explaining how to interpret the 
into, tables for coming up with 
random monsters fo r chance 
encounters and advice on how 
to create your own monsters 

Each monster is given an A4 
sheet of its own giving its vital 
stats [21 in all), a black and 
white illustration of the same, 
then copious notes detailing 
stuff like its modes of Combat. 
Habit/Society and Ecology - al 
of which try to put the monster 
in quasiton into perspective in 
the world as a whole 

Then you get your full colour 
dividers for. ...well... dividing one 
monstor type from another - 
and very pretty I hey are too, 
Then you get yer Monstrous 
Compendium Vol 2 which os 
about 2Q0 more of the same, 
only no ring binder - as you 
add these to your previous lot 
The extras here are a full index 
of the Vol 1 plus Vol 2, rules for 
creating NPC parties and loads 
more encounter tables to cover 
just about every situation you 
can think of and more fabby 
colour binders. 

What does all this add up to 7 
Around all the monsters you 
could ever usefully want in a 
campaign (AO&D or not} and 
more usefully, a whole host of 
background material tor each 
species. Open the 
Compendium at random and if 
you were stuck for an idea 
about a campaign, you'd find 
something or other to set your 
Imagination going. 

I also particularly liked the 
way that the DM is guided 
towards trying to make the 
campaign realistic' ■ that is. 
making the encounters 
believeable within the 
framework of the world and the 
monsters react sensibly to a 



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and inclination. Given that 
there is also room [indeed 
encouragement) for any DM to 
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board game where you are 
trying to find the Crown of 
Command before everyone 
else and so win the game? 
Remember? Well, fun 'though 
it was, just in case it's lying 
under the bed (along with your 
skateboard, flurescent boxer 
shorts and Batman Yoyo) 
Games Workshop have come 




up with an expansion, kit to give 

rt another lease of lile and 

make it even more exciting and 

fah then ever before. What 

do you get for your money? 

Well, a nicely drawn add-on 

game board, which joins onto 

the original board where the 

City square was, lots of 

different sorts of new cards - 

some to add 10 the existing 

stacks, for new for goings on 

specifically in the City - and an 

extra few pages of rules that 

tell you what's what in the 

environs. 
There are new character 

classes too - two lhat are 

started off at the beginning of 

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the Vatkyre and others being 

offices that can be bestowed 

upon you when in the Town 

What does the City add to the 

original game? Well, unless 

otherwise stated, it acts as 

another part of the Outer 

Region of Ihe game ■ it does 

certainly adds a "make or 

break' element to it end a bit of 

extra colour. Like a lot of cities 

you could mention, it's easy to 

borrow money and make your 

way upwards in the world ■ hut 

it's equally easy to get throw in 

jail and end up sleeping 

undemeilh the arches. Or for 

l hat matter, dead 

Highly likely that, if you felt 

you had your money's worth 

Out of the original, this 

expanison is going to satisfy. 

OK? 

Finally for this month, 
slapped wrists for not 

mentioning, a couple of months 
back, a PBM called Beyond 
Gwaras. A development of a 
long running MJR Games 
game called Riders of Gwaras, 
BG takes you. well, beyond all 
that into Yshkar. an alien world 
rufes by Dragon Kings - a race 
called Kargashis. A hand 
moderated role playing. PBM 
it's a bit different in that you 
can choose to be one of Z0 
race types at the start of the 
game. Examining the rulebook 
shows the BG to be guile 
complex and well thought out, 
presenting an interesting world 
view of a continent ruled by 




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r thc summer weather saw 
you travelling to exotic 
plates overseas, or were you con- 
tent to slay in the UK and indulge 
in a spol of Sorceress spotting? 
Didn't find me did you? 

Another person who hasn't been' 
found is Henry Mueller (subtle 1 
link, eh?). The elusive scarlet Pim- 
per-Mueller hasn'l been seen by 
anyone, in heaven or hell, and his 
whereabouts remain a mystery to i 

us all. 

1 he*r rumours thai one or iwo let- 
ters have been received by 
people, lo the effect thai Mr. 
Mueller is considering starting up 
another adventure club. Either 
this Is somebody's ides of a joke, 
or Mr. Mueller really does mean 



FORGOTTEN 
CITY: 

^mm "here we left ofTlasl time) d, push black, u, 
aut, W< in, gel grapes, nut. «■ In, gel mask out. ne, in, 
n n nut.n.nw.nw.n.c.getpamling.gttidol.w »w. 

turn fountain, look, R« coins, ne, oe e (wail ufltil 
shnp ope n*j, in. selt Hoi, sell painting, out.e, rt. e, m, 
t>„» (MH*n.«t, «, •, *. i«* ■"»* *"««». ™*. *- »• P"* 1 * 
purple. », n. B i>e grapes, sw, out, an, w, *, s, e, e,*. 
w I t. e, ^. pull lever, o, w. *, «, n*, io. push orange, 
«'. tie, n.e, give "»*'*'> *• ** ■» s * "' "■ ■»** 
ttmide. «*, -. ■«. «i, n. -, «, w. w, «■ cut fence, n, grl 
muff-., wear muffs, s. 9, w, w, w, se,t,e, », *. P»? man 
ager w. s. w, ", n*. in, push orange, «, s, in s, r*am 
rabot turn dial, u. on. eiam statuette, turn head, «. 
net colas, e*am d**k look get card, a, se, d, n. out, n, 
w, in. push purpU, n, w, w, n, e, e. ne, pay robot, in. n, 
se, inwrl card. P"*h orange, Uiok, *«l orangeade. 



to return to the adventure wutld. 
If thai is the case, then it's an 
.even bigger joke. 

Don't think for one minute that 
the man will get any good pub- 
^^licily from me. Read on, 
gentle reader, read on, 

especially if the 
I Mueller owes you 
f money. The la- 
test issue of 
Spellbreaker has ar- 





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rived, for some reason 
sporting Batman on the 
issue, or 
order up to 12 months in 
advance, from 19 Napier 
Place, South Parks, 
Glenrothes, Fife'KY6 IDX 
(cheques and postal or- 
ders payable to 
Spellbreaker}. 



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e, s, s, w « *• in - * WI > emitter, out, e, e, n. n, n, ". », ■* 
n, *, giv* tot kl ail. n. w. open trapdnur, wear gloves, 
cut wire, e, n ... so near and >el so far! 

SECRET OF 

LITTLE 
HODCOMBE: 

(from where we left off last time) climb wall, 
search debrfo, gel phial, d, u, *», climb ladder, i, 
move clock, IV*I Floor, throw rope, feel wall, pull 
lever, n. feet altar, gel book open hook, read 
book, t. fill phial, w, s, s, e, *, dig, lu*k get rib. 
out, w, w, w, mnvt gargoyle, climb rope, s, throw 
phi at, s, w, pull panel, ope" pouch, look get no |d 
key, unlncli chest, exam jar, break jar. gel heart, 
e, e, push north, w, h, get stetrl kt>, iinknk door, 
s, pierce heart, w, thro* heart ... finished! 






i^Si-fci^i^A?! 



I give you the address again for ■ 
good reason, 

Tucked away among the hints 
and lips, adventure solutions, get- 
ling you started, and the rest, is a 
very interesting letter from a Mr. 
Allan Phillips, he wants to collect 
any information from people in- 
volved in the Mueller saga, espe- 
cially ihose who are owed issues 
of the ACL magazine. Don't 
write to Allan though, write lo the 
editor of Spellbreaker at the ad- 
dress just given. 

The editor is a chap by the name 
of Mike Brailsford. 

The information be requires from 
forgotten members of the Mueller 
adventure club is membership 
number, name bow many issues 
owed, and proof of membership. 
Gather alt this material together 
and bundle it off to the spellbreak- 
ing Mr. Brailsford, who will paw 
it on to Allan Phillips. 

The hope is then to take the 
Mueller company lo court, so if 
you've been, involved in this sorry 
saga then start writing now. 
Hopefully, well see something 
happening soon. 1 shall endeavour 
to keep you informed. Brief men- 
lion for something else in Spell- 
breiker totally unconnected with 
the Mueller story, as is the rest of 
this column: I'm a Mueller-free 
zone form now on, Paul Avis has 
set up a Spectrum adventure swap 
club, and the address to write to 
for further details is 49 Hewitt 
Road, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset 
BH15 4QB> Only originals will 
be accepted, so if you've got a 
dusty shelf full of old games lying 
around and yoo swish lo swap 
them for new ones, the £ 1 .25 per 
swap will transform ancient dere- 
lict games into modern smash 
hits. I don't mind publishing this 
sort of thing as long as il only in- 
volves original copies of games in 
their original packaging. Any hint 
of piracy and I'd happily pass on 
all details to the companies in- 
volved, you know me, but as long 
as everybody sticks to the real 
ihing then mere can't really be 
any harm. With so many games 
now relying on the packaging as 
an anti -piracy device in itself, it's 
no use taking a copy of the game 
without photocopying manuals 
md accompanying novellas, by 
which time you might as well 
have bought another copy of the 
V game in the firs I place.. 



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Anyway, on to the present. Tony 
Marsh is the person to write to if 
you waul a copy, which will cost 
you the grand sum of £1 .99. Tony 
lives at 48 Clifton Road, Regents 
Park, Southampton SOI 4GX. He 
also provides a complete solution 
for a further pound, if you get 
hopelessly and completely stuck. 
Ninety location covet the three 
section of the game, and your 
goal is !o complete a rather pecu- 
liar jigsaw. All the usual Quilled 







So, originals rale, and good luck 
to Paul Avis. On with the news. 
You must have seen adverts for 
telephone numbers of the 0898 
variety, where ihcy tell you that 
the cost is 25 pence per minute 
"ft peak and 38 pence per minute 

?ak rale. 

Why do i hey always tell you the 
price? They have to, by law, so 
I've jusi done it. This is not a 
hack and slay dungeons and dra- 
gons game, which E can't under- 
stand anyone playing unless they 
have the wealth of Croesus, but 
it's the Guiding Light Adventure 
Helpline, on 0898 338 933, I've 
told you the price so don't forget 
it. Yes, a telephone helpline, set 
up by Jackie Wright and hubby, 
operating from 12 to 8 o'clock, 
seven days a week, 

On Mondays and Wednesdays 
there is GAC help as well, from 
Sandra Sharkey, she of Shymer 
f»me, 



Solutions to thousands of adven- 
tures are there if you want to ring 
up and arc completely stuck in a 
game. Outside of the hours men- 
tioned they run competitions and 
things, all free to enter, it says 
here, plus a monthly draw as well. 
A good idea, it seems to me, so 
after you've gone north and hit a 
brick wall you can let your fin- 
gers do the walking. Just remem- 
ber the price of the call, that's all. * 
Last, but by no means least, we 
come lo a new adventure game. 
It's a Quilled adventure called 
Puzzled!, written by two people 
know as T. Marsh and J. Skinner, 
Confusingly, my introduction lo 
this game came from another per- 
son altogether, one who mighty 
be familiar to Sorceress readers 
(although you'll have lo stretch 
your mind back two years). That 
person is Terry Taylor, and the 
game we gave a good review to 
was The Labours Of Hercules. 




stuff is there, shortened inputs 
and all that, and on Ihe way (in 
section two) you'll discover why 
the cover features those three 
characters from the Wizard of Oz 
known as the Tin Man, the Cow- 
ardly Lion and the Scarecrow. 
Something to do with the yellow 
brick road, 1 shall tell you no 
more. Aargh! Run out of space! 
The curse uf having just two 
pages. Byee! 





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down into the hut. Gel the dynamite and break open the 
crate with the iron bar to get a Fine. Close the crate so you 
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room. In the chapter hose, e\antine (he shelFlo find (he 
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your team travels the globe from London to 
Sydney challenging all comers in the latest craze 
that's sweeping the beaches. 

Fantastic action with variable service and play 
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The first wave of the bad 
guys are easy enough after a 
little practise. Ducking down 
and punching them in the 
crotch seems to be the best 
policy. 

If only it was that simple. 
About half way through the 
level, the thugs have in- 
creased punchabllity, and 
take at least two good pun- 
ches or kicks before they keel 
over. On top of this, the 
sneaky swine are lobbing 
sticks of dynamite at you 
from windows. If you'te within 
a certain radius when it goes 
off, you can kiss goodbye to 
your legs. The hilarity of the 
"Oh. I've been killed again 
really should have been one 
pixel Further to the right" inci 
dents began to wear thin 
pretty quickly. 

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the hang of dodging the dy- 





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parently infinite supply of 
ammo Deeper into the enemy 
sector, tife becomes tougher 
than before, but now you've 
got Ihe equipment to give you 
a lighting chance. 

Kovvering gun turrets 
swoop out of the sky and 
shoot at you. Stationary laser 
ports zap you when you pass, 
and mysterious tracklng-gre- 
nades explode when you 
need It least. 

You can run left and right 
and raise your gun through 
steps of 90 degrees, blasting 
away with ultra-rapid fire the 
whole time. 

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a moment's peace to plug the 
machinery, as you're as- 
saulted by hordes ol bad 
guys with rocket launchers 



and bullet proof suits. You 
need to hit them with a clean 
twenty shots before they die, 

After a few screens progress, 
you'll find yourself con- 
fronted with a huge me 'han- 
old. One looks like ED 209 
trom Robocop. These are 
even moie tuff than the real 
Of the enemy forces, and they 
bombard you with rockets 
and machine gun fire. 
After the War Is, in places, 
both graphically fab and 
wonky. The payability is defi- 
nitely there, but its simply 
too hard. That's ihe end of it 

If only the programmers 
would ease up on their rabid 
determination lo make their 
games impossible, Ihey could 
be onto a winner 



timed keypresses at precise 
screen positions than ac- 
tually playing a game. 

The first level Is like Target 
Renegade on steroids. Huge 
sprites populate a detailed 
(and therefore contusing) 
post apocalyptic backdrop. 
Clad in regulation issue 
leather jacket and motorcycle 
boots, you're heading east 
(well, toward the right hand 
side of the scrolling screen) 
and you ain't gonna let nu- 
thin gel in your way 

At least, that's the plan. 
The reality for me, a weedy 
Anglo Saxon was a right 
good hammering every time 



namite and socking the other 
boys, you have to fight Mr 
Big. Well. Mr Bloody Enor- 
mous actually. He nearly 
touches the top of the screen 
and is even harder than Hard 
Tim Mc Noon an after twenty 
cans ol Superleger and a 5-0 
defeat for Palace. You can 
kick and punch and duck and 
bob for all you're worth, and 
he Simply grabs ycu by the 
hair and pummels your face 
in. It's hardly cricket 

The second level (which I 
would never have seen were 
it not for a cheat poke) is a 
much more enjoyable affair. 

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curves, bumps and jumps. 
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you'll want to use every last 
second ot practise time 
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driving style. 

Once you're In a race 
situation, It's goggles on 
and toot to the floor. A 
big crane lowers you - 
none too genliy onto the 
track. If you're going 
to stand any chance in 
the race, you d best hit 
the track with the wheels 
spinning. Like any decant motor, 
vnur ear can be steered left and 



becomes a test of nerve. 

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ton, you scream into the first 
corner and smash the front of 
the car on the camber. The 
hairline fracture along the top 
of your roll bar extends from 
left to right, indicating the 
amount of knocks your car 
has taken. It it gets all tha 
wsy across, you've had it. 

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there's no sense trying to 
ease gently in front of him. 
Juat stamp on the gas and 
barge him out of the way. The 
little Nag at tha bottom of the 
screen goes green to indicate 
you're in the lead just as you 
hit that little concealed bump 
and plunge off the track down 
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can leave you skidding along 
the edge of the elevated plat- 
forms, but good luck and 
brave steering can some- 
limes save the day. 



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all times- Crashing Is a bad 
thing. 

2: When Ihe other guy manages 
to get ahead of you, try to am- 
bush him through one of the 
corners and barge him over the 
top of the track: . 
3: Don t use Ihe turbocharger 
then you re going over the brow 
of a hill ■ you'll find yourself air- 
borne. When you re wheels 
aren t on the track, your* slow- 
ing down. H may be very flash, 
but It won t win you the race. 

4: Always drive at full lilt into 
ihe comers, The damage thai 
you have to withstand won't be 
enough to break the motor pro- 
vlding you don't crash. You'll 
also get round faster! 



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A sweeping epic tak- 
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eras and continents. A 
chronicle of one man's 
struggle against astounding 
odds. Phew! What a scorcher 
II sounds like the irttro to a 
million mediocre adventure 
games, doesn't it? Thank- 
fully, Myth has got more ac 
lion per second than any 
sweeping epics Ive ever seen 




happier future world. 

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about- 
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trip is Hell (good to 
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eh?) You stand in 
Ihe ruddy, dusty 
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world littered with 
swinging skeletons 
and broken bodies. 
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surroundings. 

Hell is a pretty 
depressing place 
actually, on top 
of the skeletons 




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kering megaspntes of most 
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Thais where Myth beats 
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side of the screen to the other. 

The object of the game ii tc 
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ferent ages (Greek mytho- 
logy. Norse etc) righting all 
Ihe dodgy business thai went 



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level are fireballs. These can 
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ielcport icons When you've 
got enough, you'll be beamed 
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My favourite stage is the blue 
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Here nasty green drops of 
Slime TaH from Ihe cavernous 




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Harryhausen style fighling 
bone-men leap out of the ground 
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feet {the control of your characte 
is fab - more in a sec), the 
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heads pop off and their ribs 
collapse. 



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UGLY MUGS OR WOT? 

Remember we asked you to look out for cuddly Uncle Chris 

with his camera at the PC show? Well you found htm didn't 

you? And some very offensive faces you pulled at him too - 

cor, pass the spew bag. The creepiest face was chosen by 

Big A I Skeat herself, but she felt the rest of you should get 

a look in too. 

A wedge Of software goes to the winner, Stuart "Skeletor" 

Reed of Godman Chester in Cambridgeshire for being the 

biggest monst of them all, and the rest of you get nothing 

but you're very own face on this page because you re all too 

ugly wugly for words (not true, we love you all really, oh yes 

I we do - everyone at SU). 
Also we thought you'd like to see a piccy of Mark Edwards 

J because he was the smarty-bottom who won our HyperCard 
cornpo at the show. I'm sure you didn't, but it'll make Mark 

|and his Mum happy, awright Mark, how you doing matey? 

Eeek! Mr Horrid! Congratulations to Stuart Reed 
for being the most ghastly looking reader we've 
got! 




7 Could \ lust ask you about 
this listing? 







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OH DEAfl, /TS CAPTION 
COMPO NO 35 AGAIN 

Last issue, some of you may think that we made a bit of a bodge 
up with the pJeturaa lor Caption tempo no 35. But, then you d 
be very wrong, because we did it all on purpose {ho hum) we 
thought wed like to keep you on your toes so those who didn't no- 
tice it you should clean out their ears and prop their eyes open with 
rnatchsticks from now on and sit up and pay attention for gawds 
sake. 

So this month we've given you the correct photograph with 
a smparound edge, so all you have to do is cut it out and 
stick it to last month's coupon (but not really, because thai 
would be really stupid wouldn't it - Al), 

Let's see what you have to say about sexy Al and her pouty 
mate Sarah (SU's own marketing maniac} and we II forget all 
about Bill Oddie I think, he was just a nasty nightmare. Cap- 
tions in by December 30 1989. 







Name 



Address 



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Send your entry to Cap- 
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Z Next month we've got a wheel squealing motormadness * 
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| ti Power Drift 

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Choese from twelve wacky drivers, like lason the Skinhead or 
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churning circuits! 

h the dust fly and the wheels spin as you screech over a 
'rolitr coaster' track and wave goodbye to your opponents! 



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to face the final lap! 
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